Public Health England has issued some guidance on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus, recognising that during this time you may be bored, frustrated, lonely, low, worried or anxious (and any combination of these).
Key points include:
- Think about how you can stay in touch with friends and family via telephone, video calls or social media
- Think about how you could help those around you (whilst remembering guidelines about keeping you and others safe)
- Talk about your worries
- Look after your physical wellbeing: Your physical health has a big impact on how you are feeling emotionally and mentally. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water, exercise inside where possible and outside once a day.
- Try to maintain regular sleeping patterns and keep good sleep hygiene practices
- Try to manage difficult feelings: Try to focus on the things you can control, including where you get information from and actions to make yourself feel better prepared.
- Manage your media and information intake: 24-hour news and constant social media updates can make you more worried. If it is affecting you, try to limit the time you spend watching, reading, or listening to media coverage of the outbreak. It may help to only check the news at set times or limiting to a couple of checks a day.
- Gather high-quality information that will help you to accurately determine your own or other people’s risk of contracting coronavirus (COVID-19) so that you can take reasonable precautions.
- Think about how you can adapt and create positive new daily routines
- Do things you enjoy
- Set goals: Setting goals and achieving them gives a sense of control and purpose – think about things you want or need to do that you can still do at home. It could be watching a film, reading a book or learning something online.
- Keep your mind active: Read, write, play games, do crossword puzzles, sudokus, jigsaws or drawing and painting.
- Take time to relax and focus on the present
- If you can, once a day get outside, or bring nature in – spending time with the windows open to let in fresh air, arranging space to sit and see a nice view (if possible) and get some natural sunlight, or get out into the garden if you can.
- More information and links to helpful websites can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-public-on-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-the-public-on-the-mental-health-and-wellbeing-aspects-of-coronavirus-covid-19
re:fresh are offering tips and tricks
Blackburn BID member re:fresh are sharing lots of tips and trick on staying healthy, both mentally and physically on their social media channels – https://www.facebook.com/refreshBlackburnwithDarwen/
Blackburn with Darwen Council’s re:fresh and wellbeing services are doing a fantastic job of providing support with your health and wellbeing at this time. https://www.facebook.com/refreshBlackburnwithDarwen/videos/146440373423539/
Plus Hub Advisors and Activators are still available for any general health and wellbeing information or advice. They can be contacted on 01254 682037.
Colleagues at Newground have also created the Active Together facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ActiveNewground/ a dedicated online resource to help people to keep physically and mentally well at this time.
The government have issued some helpful FAQ’s about what you can and cannot do at this time: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do
Specialist units across government are working at pace to combat false and misleading narratives about coronavirus, ensuring the public has the right information to protect themselves and save lives, and relaunching the ‘Don’t feed the beast’ campaign.
People can help stop the spread of potentially dangerous or false stories circulating online by following official government guidance – the ‘SHARE’ checklist:
- Source – make sure information comes from a trusted source
- Headline – always read beyond the headline
- Analyse – check the facts
- Retouched – does the image or video look as though it has been doctored?
- Error – look out for bad grammar and spelling