Coronavirus and your Wellbeing
Coping during coronavirus
Feeling worried about coronavirus
If you are feeling worried, need some advice or just someone to talk to, our carers hub is here to chat.
It is important to protect your own mental wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak. Many people are suffering with anxiety, stress, boredom and loneliness. Others may feel frustrated or sad. These feelings are natural but there are some steps you can take to make yourself feel better.
It's important to stay connected with friends and family. Arrange regular phone calls, even if just for a few minutes each day. If possible, arrange video chats with the people you would normally see each week.
Carers First has set up virtual carers groups, for more information on how to join get in touch.
Share your worries
A problem shared is a problem halved. It’s important to be able to voice your concerns. If you don't have anyone to talk to, you can always call the Carers First Hub for support, we can help refer you to a local telephone befriending service. You can also join our online carers forum and chat with other carers. The forum is available 24/7.
Make a plan
Having a plan in case of an emergency might help you feel more in control and less anxious. Click here for more information on making an emergency plan. For further advice you can contact the Carers First Hub and we will help you to make your plan, which in some areas, can be held centrally and accessed 24/7 by adult social care. This will ensure if anything was ever to happen, there will be someone who can implement your wishes and ensure the person you look after is safe.
Staying active is good for your mind as well as your body. Try to incorporate some physical activity into your daily routine. If you are not shielding a person identified as particularly vulnerable, you can go outside, alone or with members of your household, for one form of exercise per day – this could be a walk, run or bike ride. Ensure you keep a 2m distance from others. For those who need or wish to stay indoors there are many online exercise classes, or you could just try a few stretches.
Find ways to relax
The lockdown might mean you can no longer do the things you enjoy, but try and think of how you could adapt them, or try something new. Discover your creative side by drawing, colouring, writing or perhaps dive into that book you always wanted to read.
Helpful resources for looking after your wellbeing
NHS Looking after your mental health: One You, Every Mind Matters
Mind: Coronavirus and your Wellbeing https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/
NHS Free fitness videos: Fitness Studio https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-fitness-studio/