You might be worried about coronavirus (Covid-19) and how it could affect your life. This may include having to stay at home and avoid other people.
This might feel difficult or stressful. But there are lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing.
This information is to help you cope if:
You might also find these links helpful:
If you have a job which is possible to do from your home, you may be working from home a lot more than usual. You might find this situation difficult to get used to.
If you have children, you may also need to look after them if they are no longer going to school or college.
These are some ideas which might help:
If you're the parent or carer of a young person aged 11-18, we have information on how you can support their wellbeing during coronavirus here.
The Carers UK website has detailed information about what to do if you provide care to someone else.
This includes guidance on:
If you provide care to someone you don't live with and you need to self-isolate, you should contact your Local Authority.
See our page about changes to your social care rights during coronavirus for information about your legal rights during this time.
Some mental health problems can cause difficult feelings or behaviours to do with washing or hygiene. If you experience this, you might find it hard to hear advice about washing your hands.
If this is making you feel stressed or anxious, here are some things you could try:
If you live with other people, it may help to do the following:
Build physical activity into your daily routine, if possible. Most of us don't have exercise equipment like treadmills where we live, but there are still activities you can do. Exercising at home can be simple and there are options for most ages and abilities, such as:
Bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. It can improve your mood, reduce feelings of stress or anger, and make you feel more relaxed.
It is possible to get the positive effects of nature while staying indoors at home. You could try the following:
There are lots of different ways that you can relax, take notice of the present moment and use your creative side. These include:
See our pages about online mental health for more information.
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) has more information on how to cope if you're feeling anxious about coronavirus.
The UK Government website has coronavirus guidance for employees.
This information includes details of Statutory Sick Pay and other things your employer may be able to do to help.
Acas (the Advisory, Conciliatory and Arbitration Service) also has information about coronavirus for employers and employees.
This includes guidance on sick pay and taking time off to look after a child or other dependent.
If you are an employer or involved in running a business, you may find this coronavirus guidance helpful:
There is also information about what support is available for businesses:
This guidance includes information on sick pay and absences, as well as support for businesses, including the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme.
Acas (the Advisory, Conciliatory and Arbitration Service) also has information about coronavirus for employers and employees. This includes guidance on sick pay and taking time off to look after a child or other dependent.
The UK government website has information about coronavirus and claiming benefits.
It includes guidance on Statutory Sick Pay and Universal Credit, as well as information on changes to Job Centre appointments and assessments for health and disability-related benefits.
You may be worried about how coronavirus could affect your housing situation.
This might including concerns about rent or mortgage payments, or if you were planning to move house.
Or you may have already had a difficult housing situation, which could be harder to deal with if you are staying at home more than usual.
There are several places you may be able to get help, including:
Citizens Advice offers free, confidential information and advice on your rights, including information about benefits, money and work.
You can call them on:
Or visit these pages on the Citizens Advice website:
This information was last updated on 26 March 2020.
The coronavirus pandemic is having a huge impact on our mental health. Help us be there for everyone who needs us at this crucial time.