Plan for staying at home

Eat well and stay hydrated

While staying at home, think about your diet. Your appetite may change if your routine changes, or if you’re less active than usual.

Eating regularly and keeping your blood sugar stable can help your mood and energy levels. Drinking water regularly will help you stay concentrated and hydrated – which is good for your physical and mental health.

Depending on how you feel, plan on getting your food delivered. Your friends and family might be able to help, or you could go online.

Online food delivery companies include all your normal supermarkets, or you could try food boxes from Ocado, Gousto, Hello Fresh, Mindful Chef (NHS 30% discount) and more.

Some supermarket have early access for NHS employees, and various food outlets and restaurant have NHS offers.

There are plenty of healthy recipe ideas at Change4Life. For advice on eating well, have a look at the NHS Eatwell Guide.

Convenient energy boosting snacks:

  • Whole pieces of fruit such as bananas, apples or pears
  • Small handful of raw or dry roasted nuts
  • Tub of natural or Greek-style yoghurt
  • Two large handfuls of air-popped popcorn
  • Matchbox-sized wedge of cheddar cheese with a few wholegrain crackers
  • Veggie sticks with hummus
  • Slice of fruit bread with ricotta and a drizzle of honey

Keep taking prescribed medication

Many GPs offer repeat prescription services online, by phone, or in-app (like the NHS app). Check their website to find out what you need.

Your pharmacy may be able to deliver your medication, or you could ask a friend or relative to pick it up on your behalf.

Continue to access help and support

You may be able to continue treatment or support (such as counselling) over the phone, by text, or online – ask your therapist or provider.

If you have care needs or provide care to someone else

If you use care services and you need to self-isolate, you should tell your local authority and care provider.

The same is true if you provide care or support to someone who doesn’t live with you.

Find out how to contact your local council

Take care of your immediate environment

If you are spending a lot of time at home, you may find it helpful to keep things clean and tidy, although this is different for different people.

If you live with other people, keeping things tidy might feel more important if you’re all at home together.

It might help to decide together how you’ll use different spaces, and what each person needs to feel comfortable.

Cleaning your house, doing laundry and washing yourself are important ways to help stop germs spreading, including when there are warnings about particular diseases.

Keep an eye on your energy costs

Your energy costs may rise if you’re at home more than you usual.

Think about how you can manage your energy use, or how to cover any higher bills.

You could also ask your energy provider about any support they offer. If you have financial worries contact our free confidential Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) on 0800 0305 182.

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