Wellbeing During the Coronavirus Outbreak | People Plus

Wellbeing During the Coronavirus Outbreak

The UK government has introduced strict rules that the country must stick to in order to stop the spread of Coronavirus. We all understand the need for this however, that doesn’t mean that staying in the house is an easy thing to do. Maybe you’re parents who have young children at home whilst you are trying to work from home, a family that has teenagers in the house who don’t understand why they can’t go out or you live alone and are finding it to be lonely, there are things you can do to help your wellbeing.

Here are some of our top tips:

  1. The government have advised we are able to take a walk, jog or cycle for up to an hour each day. This can be done alone or with members of the household. It is hugely important to get some fresh air, some vitamin D and keep moving so try to do this every day and just ensure you remain a safe distance (at least 2 meters) from others.
  2. Keep to a routine, although you can afford to not be too strict with this. It is good to keep a structure to your day so, ensure you still get up and go to bed around the same time you would during a normal day. This will keep your body clock in check. Things may need to be flexible but where possible keep your work hours to what they would normally be but also plan in some social activities, maybe try a virtual pub quiz and get some down time in too like reading a book or taking a bath.
  3. Try to keep to your normal eating routine (breakfast, lunch and dinner), eat as healthily as possible and try to resist snacking all day long on “treats”. You may want to think about reducing calorie intake or having smaller portions as you are likely to have seen a decrease in activity levels during this time.
  4. A critical component of good mental health is feeling connected to others. We are lucky to live in an age of technology, that allows us to connect with family, friends and work colleagues.When conducting work meetings, use apps such as Teams and put your cameras on. This may be the only faces people who live alone are able to see day to day. Encourage children and young adults to facetime their friends regularly and keep up that contact with people their own age. Why not set up a regular “family meeting” using the app Zoom? That way everyone knows at that time of day they will be getting to see familiar faces and getting that social interaction, even if it is remotely.
  5. Remember this will not last forever. Hopefully in the not too distant future – shops will open, you will enjoy meals at your favourite restaurant and will celebrate at parties with friends, holidays abroad and all over the UK will resume and never will people appreciate “normal” life more!

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