Wellbeing during the Coronavirus

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is having an impact on everyone’s daily lives, as we all take the necessary steps to manage the outbreak and reduce transmission. It may be difficult, but by following government guidance to stay alert, you are helping to protect yourself, your family, the NHS and our community.

This may feel difficult or stressful. But there are lots of things you can try to help your wellbeing. 

This information is to help you cope if:

  • you’re feeling anxious or worried about coronavirus
  • you’re following government advice to keep a safe distance from others (known as social distancing)
  • you’re self-isolating because you, or someone you’ve been in contact with, has symptoms of coronavirus.

What can help your mental health and wellbeing?

1. Check your employment and benefits rights

You may be worried about work and money which can have a big effect on your mental health.

If you have not already, you might want to talk with your employer. Find out about government support for businesses and self-employed people and understand your sick pay and benefits rights.

Knowing the details about what the coronavirus outbreak means for you (England and Wales only) can reduce worry and help you feel more in control.

2. Plan practical things

If you’re unable to get to the shops, work out how you can get the household supplies you need. Ask neighbours or family friends, or find a delivery service.

Continue accessing treatment and support for any existing physical or mental health problems. Let services know you are staying at home, and discuss how to continue receiving support.

If you need regular medicine, you can order your repeat prescriptions by email, by the MyGP app or alternatively you can get a neighbour or friend to drop your written request off at the surgery. You can also ask your pharmacy about getting your medicine delivered, or ask someone else to collect it for you.

3. Stay connected with others

Maintaining healthy relationships with people you trust is also important for your mental wellbeing.

Think about ways to stay in touch with friends and family if you or they need to stay at home – by phone, messaging, video calls or social media.

4. Talk about your worries

It’s quite normal to feel a bit worried, scared or helpless about the current situation. Its 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. Please visit our page ‘Well-being Services in Lancashire’ for information on the services available to you

5. Look after your body

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, drugs or drinking too much alcohol.

If you are staying at home, you could try exercising indoors, as there’s lots of free online classes. Or try an easy 10-minute home workout. Please visit our Physical Activity pages via https://www.thechorleysurgery.com/physical-activity/ for more information/

6. Stay on top of difficult feelings

Concern about the coronavirus outbreak and your health is normal. However, some people may experience intense anxiety that can affect their day-to-day life.

Try to focus on the things you can control, such as how you act, who you speak to and where you get information from.

It’s fine to acknowledge that some things are outside of your control, but if constant thoughts about the situation are making you feel anxious or overwhelmed, try some ideas to help manage your anxiety.

7. Do not stay glued to the news

Try to limit the time you spend watching, reading or listening to coverage of the Coronavirus, 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 checking a couple of times a day.

Use trustworthy sources – such as GOV.UK or the NHS website – and fact-check information from the news, social media or other people.

8. Carry on doing things you enjoy

If we are feeling worried, anxious, lonely or low, we may stop doing things we usually enjoy.

Make an effort to focus on your favourite hobby if it is something you can still do at home. Or start a new hobby: read, write, do crosswords or jigsaws, or try drawing and painting. Whatever it is, find something that works for you.

If you cannot think of anything you like doing, try learning something new at home. There are lots of free tutorials and courses online.

You can still stay social at home by joining others online: book clubs, pub quizzes and music concerts are just a few of the things to try.

9. Take time to relax

This can help with difficult emotions and worries, and improve our wellbeing. Relaxation Techniques, such as Mindfulness can also help deal with feelings of anxiety. See our separate ‘Mindfulness’ page for more information

10. Get good sleep

Good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how we feel, so it’s important to get enough.

Try to maintain your regular sleeping pattern and stick to good sleep practices.

The NHS website has useful information and tips on how to ‘get good sleep’. Please visit https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sleep-and-tiredness/how-to-get-to-sleep/ for more information.