Coronavirus (COVID-19): Health and Wellbeing - looking after yourself
During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it is understandable if you are feeling more unsettled than usual for you. It's especially important in these challenging times to be kind to yourself and take steps towards maintaining your physical and mental wellbeing; here is a list of some current resources.
If you are unwell, stay at home and use the NHS 111 Coronavirus service to find out what to do.
The following government document also gives some helpful advice: Guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (COVID-19) - on the GOV.UK website
Adur & Worthing Wellbeing is continuing to offer free friendly healthy lifestyle advice and support for adults and families. Where possible, we are providing phone and video call one to ones; group based sessions via online applications; and signposting to online resources.
As we are currently in the process of updating the wellbeing website, if you would like to find out more about healthy lifestyles, or to book a phone call with a Wellbeing Advisor, please give us a call on 01903 221450 and leave us a voicemail. Messages are checked daily and responded to within three working days.
Free support and advice is available for the following:
- Stopping smoking
- Reducing alcohol
- Eating a healthy balanced diet
- Managing a healthy weight
- Being more physically active
- Preventing a Fall: home exercise leaflet download
- Look for ideas of exercises you can do at home - on the NHS website
- Spend time doing things you enjoy – reading, cooking, or listening to/watching favourite radio or TV programmes
- Try to eat healthy meals, drink enough water, exercise regularly
- Try to avoid smoking, alcohol and drugs
- Keep your windows open to let in fresh air, get some natural sunlight if you can, or get outside into the garden
- You can also go for a walk outdoors if you stay more than 2 metres from others
There are new arrangements in place for mental health support during the CoronaVirus period available including:
- from West Sussex Mind. Mind, the mental health charity, have published:
- Coronavirus and your wellbeing: How to take care of your mental health and wellbeing - on the Mind website
Other useful information includes:
- Mental Health Foundation - how to look after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak.
- Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health - on the BBC website.
- World Health Organisation expert, Aiysha Malik, answers public questions about mental health and preventing stress during the outbreak in their video (40 minutes long).
Rumour and speculation can fuel anxiety. Having access to good quality information about the virus can help you feel more in control, such as:
- Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk in the UK - on the GOV.UK website
- COVID-19 #CoronaVirus Infographic Datapack - on the Information is Beautiful website
- Coronavirus information - on the Worldometers website
- Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health - on the BBC website
- Video (40 minutes long): World Health Organisation expert, Aiysha Malik, answers public questions about mental health and preventing stress during the outbreak
Sources of support include:
- Young Minds - charity fighting for children and young people's mental health
Young Minds website
Parents Helpline: 0808 802 5544
- Calm (app) - website
- Headspace (app) - website
For more useful links see also our support webpage
The Dementia Connect Support line remains open on 0333 150 3456 every day.
Talking Point the online community can be accessed for free, night or day, via the Alzheimer's Society website. It’s a fantastic way to connect with other people affected by dementia, share personal experience and receive valuable support.
A new fact sheet Coronavirus has been created by the Alzheimer's Society: Information for people affected by dementia.
Independent Age, which provides help and support for older people, has a useful list of websites for information on staying well, staying active and staying positive, see: Staying well, active, and positive on the Independent Age website.
There are some simple steps we can all follow to make the transition to working from home a little easier.
Stick to your daily routine
You may also like to focus on the things you can do if you feel able to:
- stress management and relaxation techniques
- keep active
- eat a balanced diet
Set up a Healthy Home Workspace
Set the scene as a workplace and try to switch your mind from Home to Work. Try to ensure that you 'pack down' for the day, close your laptop and move away from your workspace.
Mental Health at work tool kit
Adur and Worthing wellbeing have developed a series of instructor led online exercise tutorials for you to follow in your own home.
The online tutorial videos below consist of a mix of aerobic and core strength exercises to help you stay active.
There are exercises to tone your abs, raise your heart rate, and much more.
All exercises are adaptable and the instructor demonstrates easier and harder versions to suit individual need.
Please note: If you have any injuries or health conditions preventing you from exercising, please consider whether these exercises are suitable for you before taking part.
Keeping active and healthy
Regular exercise has been proven to help you to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke.
Research shows that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy.