Looking after your general health and wellbeing

Hand washing

Remember!

You can stop the coronavirus with good old hand soap because soap breaks down the fatty protection around the cell.

A lot of us will have our hand washing technique down to a fine art by now. Your routine should last at least 20 seconds, and there are plenty of songs you can sing to yourself to measure the time. Keep it simple with Happy Birthday, or add some pizzaz with the chorus from Jolene by Dolly Parton.

You can even make your own handwashing poster with your favourite song lyrics.

Loneliness

Loneliness is a real risk factor if you’re working from home and not seeing anyone, or if you’re self-isolating.

Making the time to stay in contact with your friends and family will help, as will:

  • Put pictures up of the people you care about
  • Listen to podcasts or chatty radio stations, play your favourite music

Connect with people

If you’re self-isolating or working from home, you should still try and keep touch with your friends and family.

You could even help people who aren’t technically minded to set up some of your favourite chat apps, like WhatsApp, FaceTime, Skype, Houseparty, or Zoom. Remember to be mindful of their levels of security.

  • Plan to video chat with people or groups you normally see in person
  • If you’re worried that you might run out of stuff to talk about, make a plan with someone to watch a show or read a book separately so that you can discuss it when you contact each other
  • Catch up with people you don’t normally get a chance to speak with
  • Connect with others in similar situations
  • Link up with people who are also at home/self-isolating
  • Join a peer support group – for example, MIND’s support group

If you’re going online more than usual, take a break, look after your online wellbeing.

Work on your routine

Plan how you’ll spend your time. It might help to make a planner and stick it on the wall.

Try to follow your ordinary routine as much as possible. Get up at the same time as normal, follow your usual morning routines, and go to bed at your usual time. Set alarms to remind you if that helps.

If you aren’t happy with your usual routine, this might be a nice chance to do things differently.

Think about how you’ll spend time by yourself at home. For example, plan activities to do on different days or habits you want to start or keep up.

If you live with other people, it may help to do the following:

  • Agree on a household routine.
  • Try to give everyone you live with a say in this agreement.

Try to respect each other's privacy and give each other space. For example, some people might want to discuss everything they’re doing while others won’t.

Stay active

Build exercise into your daily routine. Exercise comes in lots of different forms, and here are a few ideas:

  • Cleaning your home
  • Declutter your wardrobe
  • Dancing to Music
  • Play Wii-fit
  • Using the stairs

Follow online workouts:

Download free apps:

Remember to check the app or channel is from a reputable source before you start working out!

Get as much sunlight and fresh air as possible

Bring nature indoors

Bringing nature into your life can assist with improved mood, reduced feelings of stress, and enhanced feelings of relaxation.

You can:

  • Spend time with the windows open to let in fresh air
  • Have flowers or potted plants in your home, or grow plants or flowers on windowsills – you could buy supplies online
  • Use natural materials to decorate your living space, or use them in art projects. You could use leaves, flowers, feathers, tree bark or seeds
  • Arrange a comfortable space to sit, for example by a window where you can look out over a view of trees or the sky
  • Look at photos of your favourite places in nature, and use them as your background on your computer, phone, or tablet
  • Listen to natural sounds, like recordings or apps that play birdsong, ocean waves or rainfall

Get as much natural light as you can. If you can, open your front or back door and sit on the doorstep.

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