You might be worried about coronavirus (Covid-19) and how it could affect your life. This may include spending a lot of time at home and keeping a safe distance from others if you go outdoors (known as ‘social distancing’).
This might 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 might also find these pages helpful:
Build physical activity into your daily routine, if possible. There are options for most ages and abilities. This includes things you can do in your home, as well as activities to try outdoors.
These are lots of different ideas you could try for getting active around the house, including:
If you are getting active outdoors, the current Government guidance for most of us is to stay a safe distance (at least 2 metres) from any people you don’t live with.
If you are self-isolating, the guidance is that you should not leave your house, even for exercise. But you can exercise in your garden, if you have one.
These pages have more information about how to stay safe when doing exercise outdoors:
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.
Many of us are spending a lot of time indoors at the moment. This may mean we aren’t spending as much time in nature as we would like.
But it is possible to get the positive effects of nature while staying indoors. You could try the following:
See our pages on nature and mental health for more information about the benefits of spending time in nature.
Stay connected with current events, but take care with where you find your news and health information. Try to use trusted sources to find reliable updates.
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) has more information on how to cope if you're feeling anxious about coronavirus.
There are lots of different ways that you can relax, take notice of the present moment and use your creative side. These include:
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.
Our page of coronavirus useful contacts lists organisations, services and other sources of support and guidance for things like:
You can also see our mental health A-Z for all of the topics covered in our mental health information.
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.