Covid-19 – Wellbeing
Whilst schools in the UK are closed and families are told to remain isolated, students and parents may find it difficult adapting to spending the majority of the time indoors. Here are some great tips to help you cope during this period.
Be safe and stay connected
Self-isolation does not mean cutting off all communication, in fact, it’s more important than ever to talk and listen, share stories and advice, and stay in touch with the people who matter to you.
Take notice of things that make you feel good
Eating healthy food, keeping moving by going out for walks or exercising can help us to feel good. Notice the beauty outside your window or on a walk around the block, taking time to acknowledge people you see.
Go on an information mini-break
The endless updates from news outlets and people on social media can be completely overwhelming. Pick one trusted source of information and visit it once a day only.
Share how you’re feeling
Talk to loved ones and friends. Talking has the effect of lifting our mood and really helps us to begin to feel more positive if we’re having a tough time.
Find ways to move your body and your mood every day. It’s OK to go for a walk, run or ride your bike, as long as you avoid other people.
Stick to a routine
This sounds dull but it will help you get through each day. Go to sleep and wake up at the same time, eat regularly, shower, change your clothes, get some fresh air, book in video-chats with colleagues or friends, do your chores. Make time for fun!
Find ways to relax and distract
Finding things that help you breathe deeply, consciously setting your worries aside or focusing on the moment to recharge can be helpful. Distracting yourself by watching films or TV programmes, reading or listening to music will help you to set things in context and provide relief from anxious feelings.
Source: Sarah Kendrick, psychotherapist for Shout
- Now More Than Ever, Every Mind Matters: Public Health England have launched a new campaign to support people to manage their mental wellbeing during this difficult time, using Every Mind Matters self-care resources.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and support for parents and carers (NSPCC): An online hub providing advice and support for parents and carers during the coronavirus outbreak. Content includes: information on keeping children safe from abuse; tips and advice to help parents working from home; and ways to talk to a child who is anxious or worried about coronavirus.
- Coronavirus: tips to coping during lockdown (Childline): Advice for Children and Young People.
- Citizens Advice Bureau: Coronavirus advice, including your rights and employment advice.
- Yes Future: Advice and resources for parents and students on character building during lockdown.