Looking After Your Physical And Mental Health During Pandemic

Live Well Tips mh3 Looking After Your Physical And Mental Health During Pandemic

Change can affect our feelings – we may become worried or anxious. Anxiety is a normal feeling everybody experiences. Here are some tips for looking after yourself during this time.

 

Keep in touch with people

  • Talk to friends and family on the phone or online
  • Write a letter, send a card
  • Stay connected with groups/support groups you already belong to
  • Only share information from trusted sources

 

Help Others

  • Helping other people will make you feel better
  • Think about things you can do to help whilst following government advice on staying at home and social distancing
  • Chat to someone you know is lonely
  • If someone can’t go out offer to do their shopping or take their dog for a walk (making sure you follow social distancing rules)
  • Help someone who is less confident with using the internet or other apps so they can keep in touch and access activities on line.
  • Be Kind – there are lots of ways you can help support and encourage others through random acts of kindness – for more ideas click HERE

 

Look after your feelings

  • Share how you are feeling with family and friends. Knowing how people are feeling can help calm some of the tensions and frustrations that being in the same house for a long time can bring.
  • Think about things that make you happy
  • Continue to take time out for activities that you know help to support your wellbeing
  • Anxiety is a normal reaction but can also feel overwhelming and affect our daily lives – there are lots of tips to help us manage anxiety HERE
  • Limit time listening to the news
  • Only access good quality information and up to date advice to help you to feel more in control
  • Consider muting or unfollowing social media accounts that make you feel anxious

 

Look after your physical wellbeing

Your physical health has a big impact on how you feel.  Keeping active can help reduce stress.

 

  • Create a new routine or plan for the day that includes everyone’s needs.
  • Include regular breaks, some work and some fun or relaxation activities
  • Eat regular healthy balanced meals and drink plenty of water
  • Avoid increasing habits that are not helpful in the long term such as smoking and drinking (alcohol) more
  • Take some form of exercise every day – keep the recommended two metres away from others

 

Look at 10-minute workouts from Public Health England or other exercise videos to try at home on the NHS Fitness Studio

If you are now working from home

  • Think about how everyone who is home can share the space during the day
  • Share out household tasks if you can so everyone can help
  • Allow yourself rest breaks, including a lunch break and get outside in the garden if you can
  • Be flexible and realistic if you are juggling working from home and caring responsibilities.
  • Keep in touch with colleagues regularly – use video calls where you can so you can see each other as well as talk.
  • Can you use this time to learn something new or catch up on some online training?

 

Make time to relax

  • Do things you enjoy – read, do jigsaws, take up drawing, try a new recipe, make something, finish off that craft project, do some gardening
  • Enjoy trying something new that you can do at home or online
  • Enjoy nature – if you have an outdoor space, spend time in it or sit by a window
  • Have a relaxing bath
  • Do any relaxation techniques that work for you
  • Sleep is essential for good health – tips and advice on how to improve your sleep can be found HERE

 

Support

  • Look for wellbeing support services in your area. They offer a range of online, phone and video support to improve wellbeing and help people to cope during this difficult time, whether you are staying at home or a key worker.
  • See also for tips on self-care and support HERE

 

If you are worried about your own or someone else’s mental health right now please contact:

  • GP in UK or Family Doctor or Primary Health Care in your country
  • Mental Health Access Team for the UK on 0300 123 0907 (option 1) or 07739 775202 if this number is unavailable
  • or you can talk to the Samaritans on 116 123

 

If you are feeling anxious or worried in the UK  you can also 

Contact – NHS recommended helplines.

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