The second wave of Coronavirus outbreak means that many of us are spending more time at home, experiencing changes to our normal routine and facing uncertainty. However, there are things we can still do to stay mentally well and upbeat during this difficult time. We’ve summarised some helpful tips for this winter.
If you’re concerned about making unnecessary trips outside or to certain locations, make some practical arrangements. Ask neighbours, family or friends for help with supplies or try to get them delivered to your door. The same applies for regular prescriptions – ask someone you know to collect it for you, or use a home delivery service.
Start a new routine
Life will be different for a while, whilst we are continuing to adjust to ‘the new normal.’ Try to adapt and create a new routine. If you’re working from home, try to get up early and get ready in the same way as normal, keep to the same hours you would normally work and try to go to bed at a reasonable time. It may be helpful to break your day or week into blocks, and allocate time to exercise, relax or carry out chores.
Work it out
Without our usual daily activities outside of home and limited access to the gym, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour that end up making you feel worse. Trying to eat well-balanced meals, drinking enough water and exercising regularly can all help to feel better. It’s also important to limit drinking more alcohol than usual.
Make time for things you love
Make an effort to spend time doing things you enjoy. Reading, drawing, dancing and watching a film are all things you can do at home. If you want a challenge, pick something new to learn or take up a new skill.
Keep in touch
Try to talk to friends and family using whatever methods you prefer – phone, social media, or video call. Most people will be feeling the same, so will like to hear from you!
Get help if you need it
Remember all the unusual services are open so if you are unwell or concerned (other illnesses continue during the pandemic) don’t wait to see a doctor. If you are feeling low, anxious, depressed, and unable to cope or keep yourself safe, you should contact your doctor to get the help or service that you need.
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