Coronavirus has had a huge impact on our lifestyles in the last few weeks and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. With self-isolation becoming increasingly more commonplace, the mental health charity Mind have detailed some information on how to look after your well being.
Staying at home or indoors
If you live in poor housing conditions then you might consider the following:
- Is there a friend or family member you could stay with?
- See Mind’s page on housing and mental health, with useful contacts for tips and support
Eating well and staying hydrated are key, consider these points:
- Research into getting food delivered or dropped off
- Remember the relationship between food and mood, think about how a new lifestyle might influence your appetite.
- Drink water regularly – this is important for both your mental and physical health.
Maintaining your routine with the medicine you already take is important, heed the following:
- You can order repeat prescriptions over the phone, online or through the free NHS app
- Ask your pharmacy about getting your medicine delivered.
- Make sure your pharmacy is a registered pharmacy and be careful about buying medicine online.
Continue accessing treatment or support where possible:
- Enquire about having appointments via phone, text or online with your counsellor, therapist or support worker.
- Ask your therapist how they can support you
Care for your immediate environment:
- If you have the time, keep your space clean and tidy.
- Decide together with those you live on how to maintain the tidiness of shared spaces and the importance of tidiness.
- Look into the advice of the NHS on how to stop germs spreading.
- Think about the potential of rising energy costs while you are at home more than usual, consider asking your energy provider if they offer any support.
If you have care needs or provide care for somebody else:
- Let your local authority or care provider know if you have to self-isolate.
- You should also let your local authority know if you have to self-isolate and you provide care for someone you do not live with.
- Make it clear to your local authority if support is still needed.
Caring for your mental health and wellbeing
If you experience difficult behaviours with handwashing or hygiene consider the following:
- Do not keep re-reading the same advice if you find it unhelpful.
- Let others know you are struggling and ask them to remind you to wash your hands.
- Breathing exercises can help with hand washing, some are detailed on the NHS website.
- Plan something to do after washing your hands and set a 20 second time limit.