Practical Tips to support your Health and Wellbeing whilst you're at Home
Whilst we’re being encouraged to stay at home as much as possible, it’s important to take good care of your physical, mental and emotional well-being. The challenges we’re all facing due to the coronavirus pandemic may well be here in some form or another for a while to come, so making positive changes now will help us to cope better in the future. We take a look at some practical things you can do whilst at home to understand how you’re feeling and how to deal with your emotions.
Get informed and take control
Undoubtedly, there are lots of things happening in ours lives at the moment that are uncertain and out of our control. You may be worried about what’s going to happen or have concerns about your job, money, family and future. It’s likely you’ll be more anxious than normal and sometimes these feelings can mount up and affect things like our sleep patterns and behaviour.
Getting some answers and staying informed about how coronavirus may affect you can reduce worries and help you regain control over negative thoughts. If you haven’t already, speak to your employer about your ability to work from home (or your return to the workplace), and learn about your rights regarding sick pay, furlough or redundancy.
Try to avoid spending too much time reading, listening or watching the news. Check for new information when it becomes available and try to stick to official sources, like the gov.uk website.
Stay connected and keep talking
Maintaining contact with your friends, family and loved ones is a vital way to support your mental health wellbeing whilst at home. Whilst it can sometimes be easier to keep yourself and your feelings locked away, ensuring lines of communication stay open – whether it’s with old connections or new ones – can help you to know you’re not alone.
If you can, it may help to share your worries and concerns with those you trust. Remember that lots of people are struggling right now and sharing what you’re going through could be a good way to help them too. If you don’t have anyone you feel you can talk to, there’s plenty of confidential helplines or online community forums that you can tap into. Find a list of the support services available and their contact numbers here.
Make a plan and do practical things
Focus on the things that are within your control and plan out the practical aspects of your life. Make sure you have access to household supplies, ask family or friends for help if you need to, or access support services within the community.
Continue accessing treatment, medication and support for any existing mental health problems. Get in touch with your usual support network and find out how they can support you remotely. Take advantage of online self-assessment tools to help you better understand your feelings and make the most of free training courses and self-help tools.
As we’re likely to some disruption to traditional ways of doing things for some time to come, think about how you can adapt and the positive changes you can make to how you live your life. Create new routines, set goals, give yourself a timetable to work to and write a plan for your work. Make time to switch off and relax and reward yourself for making positive changes.