Looking after yourself and wellbeing

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak means that life is changing for all of us for a while. It may cause you to feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, bored, lonely or frustrated. It’s important to remember it is normal to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently. This situation is temporary and, for most of us, these difficult feelings will pass.

There are simple things you can do to help look after yourself and mental wellbeing during this uncertainty:

Stay connected with people

While it might be difficult not visiting family and friends during this time, it’s important to try and maintain healthy relationships with people we trust for our mental wellbeing. Try making use of phone and video calls and social – whether it’s with people you normally see often or connecting with old friends.

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 end up making you feel worse. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and exercise regularly. Avoid smoking or drugs, and try not to drink too much alcohol.

Do things you enjoy

If we are feeling worried, anxious or low, we might stop doing things we usually enjoy. Focusing on your favourite hobby, relaxing indoors or connecting with others can help with anxious thoughts and feelings. If you cannot do the things you normally enjoy because you are staying at home, think about how you could adapt them, or try something new.

For more information and further guidance on looking after yourself, including audio guides and other tools you can use while staying at home, please click here.

 COVID-19 (coronavirus) alert

Under NHS England guidance, if you have developed a high temperature or new continuous cough, please self-isolate for seven days. Click here for more information.