6th April 2022

Looking after yourself and others

There are lots of tips below that could help improve your mood during this uncertain 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. There’s no pressure, just do whatever makes you feel good. You could try:

  • arts and crafts, such as drawing, painting or sewing
  • spending time with friends or family
  • being active, whether that’s going for a walk or run, or playing a sport
  • arts and crafts, such as drawing, painting or sewing
  • playing musical instruments, singing or listening to music
  • reading, audio books or writing
  • yoga or meditation
  • learning something new or taking up a new hobby
  • relaxation techniques

Connect with others 

There is strong evidence that shows that feeling close to, and valued by, other people is something that we all need. Social relationships are vital for our wellbeing and for acting as a buffer against mental ill health for people of all ages.

With this in mind, try to do something different today and make a connection.

  • Talk to someone instead of sending an email
  • Speak to someone new
  • Ask how someone’s weekend was and really listen when they tell you
  • Put five minutes aside to find out how someone really is
  • Give a colleague a lift to work or share the journey home with them
  • Talk about your worries with someone you trust or a local or national helpline.

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. 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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