2. Wellbeing at a glance
Keeping a check on your own mental health and wellbeing
Consider limiting the time you spend watching, reading or listening to coverage of the outbreak, including on social media. You could choose to switch off news alerts on your phone not open the news app as often to create mind space for other things.
Move about regularly and keep as fit as you can. This also supports mental health.
Get your information from trusted sources such as GOV.UK or the NHS website – for information about reducing risks so you can take sensible steps. You could fact check media sources using known and official websites
Focus on the things you have direct control over: social distancing to keep safe, open the windows to get some fresh air, calling and messaging a friend or someone in the family, eating well, drinking enough water to stay hydrated.
Relax with music, reading or whatever you normally enjoy indoors. Or try to learn something new like cooking, online puzzles, home exercise. Learning new things can help to keep us healthy.
Do you have friends or family members you could message, or could you create a new contact through established online methods? Talking to others can help you develop a balanced view of what is going on and make you both feel better. If you cannot speak to someone you know or if doing so has not helped, there are helplines you can try instead.
Acts of kindness
Being kind and offering support can benefit you as well as those you help. Try to be understanding of other people's concerns at this time. Are there any online or phone- based community group schemes you could join to see what is happening locally? Try Nextdoor or Covid-19 Mutual Aid or East Devon District Council community Support.
Physical and mental health are connected
Please remember to follow GOV.UK advice and to social distance/isolate or shield
as needed. This will help us all to get through this together and protect the most vulnerable. Wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds. Too much alcohol is damaging for health so whilst the temptation might be high, it will significantly affect sleep and your mental health. Lung health is extremely important and every day that you do not smoke your lungs will start to work
better – think again about quitting.