Help the NHS – stay at home
Here are some ideas of things to do while you are home
So, there have been many words to discribe the Coronavirus, Covid 19 and many other names and words. I wanted to mention a child that I was talking to recently, who called this the Cola Virus, which made me warm and acknowledged that they liked it. On asking why they call it that, they said because it just feels better. They knew the challenges but just wanted to call it that. So, I seem to have copied it too!
So this page is about getting a space to link to content, download, look at ‘stuff’ that can help reduce us thinking about the Cola-V situation, with mindfullness, diverting our thoughts and more.
Twinkl has pages for adults and for children. Their mindfulness section have sheets, activities and I have enjoyed doing some of the childrens activities as much as the adults..
Burning calories, feel great and have this 10 minute workout, using skipping ropes or jumps includes a warm up. There are other hints and tips for home fitness on the site as well.
Here is a video on mindfulness techniques and gives a bit more information on the helpline and online drop in style sessions that use YouTube as a way of communicating practical ideas on dealing with anxiety.
This is a chance to be a part of a national singing project, bringing choral singing with thousands of others at absolutely any singing level and age. I personally love the idea of bringing all the voices together as one.
Joe Wickes, everybody loves to dislike. However, he does home exercies for children, young people adults and those in their senior years. So you can choose which is suitable for you.
YOUNGMINDS.ORG.UK – This is not the time to withold information from younger folks. Explaining it in a way that the children adn younger people can understand without it being overwhelming is so important.
This great book, by Nurse Dotty Book, who is a nurse in a PICU centre in Southampton, created this book to share the worries of this virus with our children.
THis downloadable app is available for android and apple phones. It has daily routines, help and practical solutions to being anxious. It works through breathing exercises and so much more.
links to other websites, media and information that i have used before.
Maintaining healthy relationships with people we trust is important for our mental wellbeing, so think about how you can stay in touch with friends and family while needing to stay at home.
You could try phone calls, video calls or social media instead of meeting in person – whether it’s with people you normally see often or connecting with old friends.
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.
If you cannot speak to someone you know or if doing so has not helped, there are plenty of helplines you can try instead.
Clicking on the ‘SUPPORT INFO’ menu item will bring up some local and national agencies who you can talk with.
Helping someone else can benefit you as well as them, so try to be a little more understanding of other people’s concerns, worries or behaviours at this time.
Try to think of things you can do to help those around you. Is there a friend or family member nearby you could message? Are there any community groups you could join to support others locally?
Working through the implications of staying at home should help you feel more prepared and less concerned. Think through a normal week: how will it be affected and what do you need to do to solve any problems?
If you have not already, you might want to talk with your employer, understand your sick pay and benefits rights, and get hold of some essentials for while you are at home.
You could also think about who you can get help from locally – as well as people you know, lots of local and community help groups are being set up. Try to remember this disruption should only be temporary.
Our physical health has a big impact on how we feel. At times like these, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour that end up making you feel worse.
Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and exercise regularly. Avoid smoking or drugs, and try not to drink too much alcohol.
You can leave your house, alone or with members of your household, for 1 form of exercise a day – like a walk, run or bike ride. But make you keep a safe 2-metre distance from others. Or you could try one of our easy 10-minute home workouts.
Remember Joe Wicks and the link above for the exercise at home help.
Only check sites once or twice a day.
Find a credible source you can trust – such as GOV.UK or the NHS website – and fact-check information you get from newsfeeds, social media or other people.
Think about how possibly inaccurate information could affect others too. Try not to share information without fact-checking against credible sources.
You might also want to consider limiting 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.
You could set yourself a specific time to read updates or limit yourself to a couple of checks a day.
Concern about the coronavirus outbreak is perfectly normal. However, some people may experience intense anxiety that can affect their daily life.
Try to focus on the things you can control, such as your behaviour, who you speak to, and where and how often you get information.
It’s fine to acknowledge that some things are outside of your control, but if constant thoughts about coronavirus are making you feel anxious or overwhelmed, try some ideas to help manage your anxiety or listening to an audio guide.
If we are feeling worried, anxious or low, we might stop doing things we usually enjoy. Focusing on your favourite hobby, relaxing indoors or connecting with others can help with anxious thoughts and feelings.
If you cannot do the things you normally enjoy because you are staying at home, think about how you could adapt them, or try something new.
There are lots of free tutorials and courses online, and people are coming up with inventive new ways to do things, like hosting online pub quizzes and music concerts.
9. Focus on the present
Focusing on the present, rather than worrying about the future, can help with difficult emotions and improve our wellbeing. Relaxation techniques can also help some people deal with feelings of anxiety, or you could try our mindful breathing video.
Good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how we feel mentally and physically, so it is important to get enough.
Try to maintain regular sleeping patterns and keep up good sleep hygiene practices – like avoiding screens before bed, cutting back on caffeine and creating a restful environment. See our sleep page for more advice.