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These are some ideas to help take care of your mental wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic.
These tips may work for different people at different times. Only try what you feel comfortable with. And try not to put too much pressure on yourself if anything doesn't feel possible right now.
"I suggest group activities, perhaps via Zoom. Even if it’s just a round of charades, countdown or number games. I like the structure of being involved in something with a framework, beginning middle and end."
See our pages on nature and mental health for more information about the benefits of spending time in nature.
"I like to sit in my back garden looking at the stars. The peace and quiet, the stillness of the air, make it really serene - a form of mindfulness."
There are lots of different ways that you can relax, take notice of the present moment and use your creative side to express your feelings. These include:
"Art is my go to. I love to draw paint and make things. It keeps my mind occupied and relaxed. Also, I love listening to audiobooks, guided meditations and cheery music."
Try to keep your brain occupied and challenged and set aside time in your routine for this. You could read books, magazines and articles. Or you could listen to podcasts, watch films or do puzzles.
If you can't visit your local library, some libraries have apps you can use online. These allow you to borrow ebooks, audiobooks or magazines for free, if you're a library member. You can use this tool to find your local library service in England and Wales.
It may feel difficult to take care of your physical health if you're feeling anxious or low. But taking small steps to look after your body can have a big effect on your mental health.
These are some tips which may help:
Build physical activity into your daily routine, if possible. There are options for most ages and abilities. This includes things you can try indoors, if you're spending lots of time at home. For example:
If you are managing a long-term health condition, the We Are Undefeatable campaign offers a range of tips and advice for getting active at your own pace.
"My small morning routine really lifted me. My thoughts weren’t obsessing on Covid for the first time in months and I could think clearly."
See our information on sleep problems for more tips to improve your sleep.
Stay connected with current events if you find it helpful, but take care with where you find your news and health information. Try to use trusted sources to find reliable updates.
"I decided to listen to the news just once a day as it was all getting too much and I was getting anxious about all sorts of uncertainties."
See our pages about online mental health for more information.
If you are feeling low, it can be difficult to feel connected to others or the things you usually enjoy. Some studies show that practising mindfulness, where you give full attention to the present moment, can help to manage depression. See our mindfulness pages for more information, including exercises to try.
If you are struggling with low mood, your self-esteem may drop, and it can feel as if you are failing at everything. But starting out with some achievable goals can help you feel good and boost your self-confidence. For example, this could be getting dressed every day or cooking yourself a meal.
Feeling low can seem constant and unending. But using a mood diary to check in with yourself and keep track of changes can be useful. It can help you to notice if there are times or activities that make you feel better or worse. There are many freely available online, including diaries from Bipolar UK and MoodPanda.
See our pages on anxiety and panic attacks for more information.
Many of us are experiencing difficult feelings and emotions about coronavirus.
This may be about getting sick, government restrictions, or feeling hopeless about when the pandemic might end. Our page on difficult feelings about the coronavirus pandemic has more on what you may be feeling.
Remember: things might feel hard right now, but this situation is unusual. It won't last forever. And there are ways to help yourself cope.
If you're experiencing mental health problems during the coronavirus pandemic, you may find the advice on these pages helpful:
“Battling with your head every second is hard enough without feeling remorse because you're 'not using this time effectively'. Taking a breath is using time effectively.”
Many of us may have practical needs while living through the coronavirus pandemic, which might feel difficult to deal with. These tips may help.
Our coronavirus useful contacts page lists organisations that can offer practical guidance and support. These tips may also help:
If you are spending more time at home than usual, you may find that your energy costs rise. Think about how you can manage your energy use, or how to cover any higher bills.
Ofgem, the government regulator for the electricity and gas industries, has information about different ways to get support if you are struggling to pay your energy bills. This includes information on joining the priority services register with your energy supplier.
See our pages on money and mental health for more tips to help manage your money.
If you are spending lots of time at home, this could make any existing housing problems feel worse. This may include your relationships with anyone you live with. Or you may be struggling to afford rent, mortgage payments or other household bills.
Our page on housing and mental health has information on how to get help for different housing problems, and ways to take care of yourself. This includes ways to get support if you are homeless, or worried about becoming homeless.
And our coronavirus useful contacts page has links to organisations who can help with housing problems and homelessness during the pandemic.
Our coronavirus useful contacts page lists organisations who can help with accessing food and medicines. This includes ways to find local volunteer and support groups, and links to information and advice from the NHS.
If you take medication, our page on accessing treatment and support during coronavirus has information on continuing to get the medication you need during the coronavirus pandemic.
It can feel difficult to find the energy to look after yourself and your environment when you're struggling with difficult feelings.
But taking small steps, such as doing some cleaning, laundry and washing, could help you feel more comfortable. This can be especially helpful if you are spending lots of time at home.
We have lots more pages of advice and support for your mental health during the coronavirus pandemic, which are all available from our coronavirus information hub.
You may find these pages especially helpful:
You can also visit these pages for the latest government coronavirus guidance:
This information was last updated on 10 December 2021.
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