Maintain a fit and healthy body and mind

The most important step is to maintain your routine as much as possible by getting up in the morning and going to bed at the same time. Eating regular meals and staying hydrated will help also, as well as taking breaks throughout the day to talk to someone or do something that you enjoy. If it’s possible, try activities in your home that get you moving.

It’s likely that you’ve been asked by your school, college and possibly your workplace, to stay at home for a period of time. We understand that this could be quite a daunting prospect, but try to think of this as a chance to live in a different way for a while. Think about what you might want to do during this time, how you will stay connected and how you would prioritise your wellbeing. Planning might help reduce any anxiety or troubling thoughts. With so much uncertainty in the news, creating a routine you stick to can really help maintain a sense of structure and normality. Try to find time in your routine for activities that help you feel calm.

There is lots of advice and guidance about self-care at this time:

The BBC medical correspondent writes Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health

Mind offer a framework for planning your day including keeping regular ‘normal’ times for getting up and going to bed, moving more each day, eating healthy and making sure you have enough sleep. Have a look at this post for a summary https://www.instagram.com/p/B-KdMFvDseZ/?igshid=m39itczrlpbm

The NHS Five Steps to Wellbeing may be a little more challenging when in isolation and/or #stayingathome, but they apply just as much as they do to ‘normal’ life.

1  Connect

With the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues, and neighbours. At home, work, college or local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.

If you are struggling to talk to people, you may find this resource useful https://www.talk2gether.nhs.uk/useful-resources/

2  Be active

Walk your dog, cycle, play a game, go in the garden, dance… Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness

Check out the link below for tips, advice and guidance on how to keep or get active in and around your home. Join the Sport England Movement and use #StayInWorkOut to share how you’re getting active during this time.

https://www.sportengland.org/stayinworkout

3 Keep learning

Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up to a new course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.

If you have nothing to do from school/college, you will find free online learning using the links below.

Open University free course catalogue: https://www.open.edu/openlearn/free-courses/full-catalogue

Yale Wellbeing course: https://www.coursera.org/learn/the-science-of-well-being

4 Give to others

Do something nice for a friend or a stranger. Smile, volunteer at a local organisation. Seeing yourself and your happiness linked to the wider community is incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.

Gloucestershire’s councils and partners have also created a community help hub to connect local people who need help, with others who can provide the support they need.

The hub will be accessible from every district council website, and from the county council’s website (Gloucestershire Help Hub).

5 Take notice

Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Savour the moment, whether you are walking the dog, eating lunch, or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling.

For more information, look on NHS: Five steps to Wellbeing

 

 

Finally, Student Minds, whilst they target university students, are offering tips and support through this difficult time, which can apply equally to you. Please follow the links below:

students affected by COVID-19

Student Minds Blog.