It’s natural that you might feel bored, frustrated and lonely. We know that relationships and social connections are really important for your mental wellbeing. Even if you can’t meet in person, think about how you can stay in touch with friends and family while you are at home – by phone, messaging, video calls or online.
Talk about your worries. It is OK to share your concerns with those you trust, doing so could help them too; or you could try a charity helpline.
If you’re an older individual and don’t have any close friends or family you can call The Silver Line, a free, helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. 0800 4 70 80 90
Try as much as possible to keep your personal routine or create new routines. If you are working from home, get up and get ready as normal and stick to the same sleeping schedule.
Keep your mind active (do a cross word, try drawing and painting). Everyone’s different, but find something that works for you.
Look after your body. Our physical health really affects how we feel. Try to make sure you and your family eat well-balanced meals, drink enough water and stay as active as you can. Get outside for a walk and fresh air if you can, or there are lots of online home-workout videos.
Try not to drink too much alcohol and avoid smoking. It can be easy to fall into an unhealthy pattern that ends up making you feel worse.
Do not stay glued to the news, especially if its making you feel anxious. Try to limit the time you spend watching, reading, or listening to the news. You could set yourself a specific time to read updates. Make sure you get your information from trustworthy sources. Don’t follow rumours that make you feel uncomfortable.