Taking care of yourself physically and mentally during the coronavirus lock down

It is important to remember that a lot of people at the moment are feeling frusted, worried, anxious and bored at the moment and it is ok to feel this way. For most of us this feeling will pass and it's important to remember taht by staying home you are helping to protect yourself and others. 
There are things you can do now to help you keep on top of your mental wellbeing whilst we are at home and there is support out there if you feel you need it.

1. Check your employment and benefit rights
You may be worried about work and money whilst you have to stay home which can have a big impact of your mental health. It is important that you understand your rights with your employer and how long and how much you are going to be paid during the time we are at home. It might also be useful to look on the Gov.uk: coronavirus support website to see what benefits might be available to you. 

2. Plan practical things
It is important that you able to get food supplies and medication. If you are self-isolating or unable to leave the house it might be helpful to arrange with a neighbour or a family member to collect your food supplies and medication or find a delivery service. Online shopping is simple and effective during this time, if you know someone who doesnt have access to the internet then Sainsburys offer a phone service called assisted shopping in the UK where you can order over the phone on 0800 328 1700. 
Most pharmacies offer a delivery services for medication, contact your doctors or local pharmacy for more information. 

3. Stay connected to others
Maintaining relationships with others is crucial for mental wellbeing. staying in contact via phone, text, video calls and social media is important. Arranging online quiz nights and group chats are one of the many ways to stay connected to your friends and family.

4. Talk about your worries
It is normal to feel worried, scared or helpless about this situation. it is ok to not be ok. it is ok to share you concerns with others. if you feel you cannot speak to someone you know there are many helplines you can try instead 

Anxiety uk - 03444 775 774
Calm- 0800 58 58 58 
Mens health forum- www.Menshealthforum.org.uk 
Mind- 0300 123 3393
No Panic- 0844 967 4848 
OCD action- 0845 390 6232
Samaritans- 116 123
Young minds- 0808 802 5544

5. Look after you body
Our physical health has a big impact on how we feel mentally. At times like these it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour that can make you feel worse. 
Try to eat healthy, well balanced meals, drink plenty of water and exercise regularly. There are lots of free online fitness classes 

6. Do not stay glued to the news
Try to limit the time you spend watching or reading the news and only use trust worthy sources such as gov.uk and the NHS website.