The NHS recommends the best ways to help yourself stay well are to:
- stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media
- try to keep yourself busy – you could try activities like cooking, reading, online learning and watching films
- do light exercise at home, or outside once a day.
You should also aim to eat well and stay hydrated as this is also incredibly important for your wellbeing. It will also help your immune system stay strong and support your defences against any illness.
Make sure you try and keep good sleep patterns. With some adults working from home, some clubs and activities cancelled our routines have changed, and our sleep patterns can be negatively affected. Here are some useful tips for establishing a sleep routine and falling asleep more easily.
It is important to keep doing regular physical activity as this will have a positive effect on your mental wellbeing. If you cannot get out, the weather is bad, or you don’t have much time, here are some suggestions of exercises you can do from the comfort of your own home:
- Click here for some simple ten-minute cardio and strengthening home-workouts from Public Health England.
- Do a PE class at home! Joe Wicks (The Body Coach) did live PE lessons-from-home for children and families. You can still view these from his YouTube Channel .
- Do a dance class with Oti Mabuse. You can view these from her YouTube Channel .
- Have fun with Disney! Change4Life have lots of Disney-inspired indoor games and activities.
Get some fresh air!
Try to get as much sunlight, fresh air and nature as you can (within guidelines). Mind have published some suggestions on ways to look after your wellbeing during the coronavirus and the potential for staying at home. They have some great ideas about getting the positive effects of nature while staying indoors at home. You could try the following:
- Spend time with the windows open to let in fresh air.
- Arrange a comfortable space to sit, for example by a window where you can look out over a view of trees or the sky, or watch birds and other animals.
- Look at photos of your favourite places in nature. Use them as the background on your mobile phone or computer screen, or print and put them up on your walls.
- Listen to natural sounds, like recordings or apps that play birdsong, ocean waves or rainfall. Get as much natural light as you can. Spend time in your garden if you have one, or open your front or back door and sit on the doorstep.
- If you have safe access to green space like a garden, you could bring some natural materials in to decorate your living space, or use them in art projects. This could include leaves, flowers, feathers, tree bark or seeds.
- You may be able to buy seeds, flowers or plants online for delivery, to grow and keep indoors. If you order items for delivery, ask to have them left at your doorstep, to avoid face-to-face contact.
There are lots of different ways that you can use your creative side and this can also help you relax. These include:
- Arts and crafts, such as drawing, painting, collage, sewing, craft kits or upcycling
- Playing musical instruments, singing or listening to music
- Yoga, meditation or mindfulness activities (see our page on relaxation and stress management for more info on this)