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Mental Wellbeing While Staying At Home

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, and we thought we would share a summary of helpful guidance from the NHS on mental wellbeing while staying at home is shared below.

Plan practical things Work out how you can get any household supplies you need. You could try asking neighbours or family friends, or find a delivery service.

Stay connected with others Think about how you can stay in touch with friends and family while you are all staying at home – by phone, messaging, video calls or social media – whether it's people you usually see often, or connecting with old friends.

Talk about your worries It's normal to feel a bit worried, scared or helpless about the current situation. Remember: it is OK to share your concerns with others you trust – and doing so may help them too.

Look after your body Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and exercise regularly.

Stay on top of difficult feelings Try to focus on the things you can control, such as how you act, who you speak to and where you get information from. Do not stay glued to the news Try to limit the time you spend watching, reading or listening to coverage of the outbreak, including on social media, and think about turning off breaking-news alerts on your phone.

Carry on doing things you enjoy Make an effort to focus on your favourite hobby if it is something you can still do at home. If not, picking something new to learn at home might help.

Think about your new daily routine Think about how you can adapt and create positive new routines and set yourself goals.

Look after your sleep Try to maintain your regular sleeping pattern and stick to good sleep practices.

Keep your mind active Read, write, play games, do crosswords, complete sudoku puzzles, finish jigsaws, or try drawing and painting.

For the full article and further guidance, go to www.nhs.uk/ oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-staying- at-home-tips/ or ask your Support Worker for a copy.

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