Advice on taking care of yourself during the Coronavirus outbreak
These are very difficult times and you might be worried about Coronavirus and not happy about having to stay at home. Self-isolation can make one feel low. This can be worse if you are on your own and every day there seems to be nothing but bad news on the TV and radio. It is very important to take good care of yourself, physically, mentally and emotionally at this time, ready to be strong and healthy when the situation improves.
Some tips on looking after yourself
(which are mostly common sense)
- Put a new routine in place and try to stick to it. Make weekdays different from weekends. There are a lot of things out of our control at the moment but having a routine is one thing you can control. It will make you feel a bit more normal and able to carry on.
- Try to ensure you get a good nights sleep. A recent survey revealed that a lot of us weren’t sleeping well at the moment. Good sleep is the best gift you can give to yourself. It’s great for your physical and mental wellbeing.
The NHS website has some tips on how to sleep better – read it here.
- Find someone you can talk to on the telephone. This could be a friend, a relative, someone from a Age UK Somerset’s Friendly Phonecalls team, or another organisation. The main thing is talk to someone about your worries. If you bottle your worries up they can get worse and you’ll feel much better for expressing how you feel.
- Stay active! Whether it’s a walk around the garden, or taking advantage of one of the many online resources available, it is easy to stay fit and very important.
Visit our Staying Active at Home page for more information.
- Stay mentally active! Learn something new, do a puzzle or read a good book. It’s good to keep the old grey matter lively. Have a look at our Things to Do section for ideas.
- Get some fresh air. Throw open the windows or stand outside if you can. Being in a stuffy house all day won’t help you to feel healthy. You might find yourself getting claustrophobic or getting a headache.
- Notice your surroundings. If you concentrate on where you are and what you can see and hear, even if only for a short time each day, it will help you forget your worries and might bring you a little peace. We have a nature section on the website that might help with this.
- Try to eat healthy, balanced meals. Don’t forget about eating just because your daily routine may be confused. Try to incorporate fruit and vegetables into your diet. Frozen or tinned vegetables are fine in place of fresh. If you’re interested in having a go at some new recipes visit our Cooking section!
- Avoid drinking too much alcohol and smoking.
- Get busy doing something you enjoy. Studies show we are most happy when we are absorbed in what we are doing, so take some time to treat yourself to doing your favourite activity! If you need some ideas, visit our Things to Do page.
- Have fun. Think about what (or who) makes you laugh and spend some time doing that! We’re trying to add some funny things to this website (while recognising we don’t all share a sense of humour!)>
- Make someone’s day! Doing something for someone else – whether it is calling them to say you are thinking of them, doing them a favour or putting a note in the post takes our minds off our own worries and does wonders for the way we feel about ourselves. Even if it is something small it will pay dividends.
- Don’t neglect your mental health – visit this page for more information.
- Be careful what you watch on TV. Find nice programmes to watch. Give yourself a break from the news, even if it’s just for one day, you’ll be glad you did.
Information on staying well from other sources:
- “We are here for you day or night” – Marcus Trescothick introduces a short video about the emotional support offered through MindlineMarcus Trescothick introduces this short video about how the NHS, Somerset County Council and local charities (including Age UK Somerset) have come together to … Read more
- A little act of kindness can boost your Mental Health – Mental Health Awareness Week 18-24th MayMental Health Awareness Week is the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health and mental health problems and inspire action to promote … Read more
- Facemasks – how to wear & make your ownFull advice on how to wear and to make your own cloth face covering can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering The following information is taken … Read more
- 8 Tips for Relaxation from MindA video from Mind, the Mental Health Charity with tips on relaxing to look after yourself. “Exploring relaxation can help you look after your … Read more
- Anxious about Coronavirus?This page from Age UK offers tips on how to reduce your anxiety. Read more at https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/coronavirus/coronavirus-anxious/
- Staying well at home by Age UKA comprehensive web page on wellbeing.
- Coronavirus and your well beingExcellent web page from Mind covering practical advice on staying well looking after your mental health. Visit the Mind “Coronavirus and your well-being” page
- NHS – Mental wellbeing while staying at homeTaking care of your mind as well as your body is really important while staying at home because of coronavirus (COVID-19). Read more Tips … Read more
- Looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreakUseful piece by the Mental Health Foundation. Read the article here
- New information being added dailyIf there is something you would like to see here, please get in touch.
- Somerset Mental Health Alliance extends support in response to CoronavirusThe Somerset Mental Health Alliance (of which Age UK Somerset is a part) has expanded its services to support adults and older people who … Read more
- Tips for staying active at home from the World Health Organisation“Sedentary behaviour and low levels of physical activity can have negative effects on the health, well-being and quality of life of individuals. Self-quarantine can … Read more