11th May 2020

Looking after yourself and others

There are lots of tips below that could help improve your mood during this challenging time and reduce worries and anxieties. 

Take time to relax and do things you enjoy

There are lots of different ways to relax, whether that’s taking notice of the present moment, keeping your brain busy or simply doing what you enjoy. These can help with difficult emotions and worries, as well as improve your wellbeing. You could try: 

  • arts and crafts, such as drawing, painting or sewing
  • DIY or a spring clean
  • colouring, puzzles, jigsaws (Local ‘pass the time‘ project safely delivers donated jigsaws, puzzles, books and toys to your door)
  • playing musical instruments, singing or listening to music
  • reading, audio books or writing
  • yoga or meditation
  • learning something new online like a language
  • relaxation techniques

Connect with others 

Although we may not be able to meet up with friends, family and loved ones, technology lets us connect with people really easily and is so important for our mental wellbeing:  

  • Make plans to telephone or video chat with people or groups you’d normally see in person. You could also send messages by text, email or post. 
  • Why not suggest watching the same show or reading the same book at the same time, so you can chat about it when you contact each other. 
  • There are lots of apps available to help you stay in touch, and even play games together. Why not try apps like Whatsapp, Houseparty, and Zoom.
  • Talk about your worries with someone you trust or via one of the helplines suggested below.

Limit your screen time

Social media can be great to help us stay in touch with people, but might also make you feel anxious if people are sharing news stories or posting about their worries. Consider taking a break or limiting how you use social media.  

If news stories make you feel anxious or confused, think about switching off the TV or radio or limiting what you look at or listen to for a while. 

Set some screen-free time and keep your phone out of your bedroom – that way you can balance the negativity with the benefits social media can bring. 

Its also important to access trustworthy sources of information – such as GOV.UK or the NHS website  as there’s a lot of misinformation out there that can cause anxiety.

Look after your body

Our physical health has a big impact on how we feel. At times like these, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour that can end up making you feel worse. 

Things like staying active, eating well, drinking less and stopping smoking can all help us feel better. Find out more about tips and support to stay healthy.

Focus on what you can control

Try to focus on the things you can control at the moment:

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