Health & Wellbeing
Coronavirus and Mental Wellbeing
While self-isolating or social distancing because of Coronavirus (Covid 19) it is vital to take care of your mind as well as your body. We have gathered some useful tips and ideas that may help.
Make sure you stay connected with your friends or family by either by phone or video calls. It can help to lift not only your mood but that of others. Why not use the time to re-connect with someone you’ve not spoken to in a while? Surprise someone and help make their day.
Take a Time-Out
Take a break from your social media and the news. We know it’s tempting to stay on top of the news but it can be damaging to your mental health. Try to limit how often you check and make sure you’re checking genuine news sources.
Another tip for social is to have a clear out. Make sure you’re not focusing accounts which affect your mood and unfollow the ones which cause you offence or anger.
Develop a Routine
Make sure you’re following a routine each day. Its easy to stay in your PJs and watch Netflix all day but you’ll soon feel the effects. Divide your day up into work (if you’re working at home) rest, housework, exercise, meals, hobbies, etc. Do the same for kids and test it out. You’ll feel so much better.
We also recommend setting small goals for the week. It could be as simple as clearing out that cupboard you’ve been meaning to get around to or tidying up the garden. You’ll feel great after achieving your tasks.
When establishing your routine, we want you to include some sort of physical activity. It could be something outside such as riding a bike, going a walk or a run. Perhaps you prefer a class and we’ve got loads of support at our #stayhomestayactive section here.
These are just some simple things you can do to help you take care of your mental health and wellbeing during these times of uncertainty. Doing so will help you think clearly, and make sure you are able to look after yourself and those you care about. For further advice from the NHS please visit Every Mind Matters.
A healthy diet can have a positive impact on your overall health and wellbeing. Each week we’ll feature three recipes from BBC’s Good Food section
This simple healthy supper can be on the table in 15 minutes flat. Treat yourself to baked eggs, a hearty red pepper sauce and a chunk of ciabatta.
An earthy spice pot that’s low in fat and calories. Use your favourite curry paste along with mustard seeds, turmeric and coconut yogurt.
Give your favourite meatballs a healthy makeover with this low fat, low calorie, low GI recipe with turkey mince, black beans and avocado.
NHS Healthy Eating Resource
The NHS also have a number of tips and advice to help maintain a healthy weight and diet. For information visit their website.