In light of recent government response to coronavirus (COVID-19), we here at Bath Mind want to support you through what for most, will be a difficult time for their mental health and wellbeing.
With many of us self-isolating and social distancing, we appreciate that some may find this particularly 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’re feeling anxious or worried about coronavirus
- you’re staying at home or avoiding public places as part of social distancing
- you have to self-isolate
- Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)
- Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds regularly
Government Advice on COVID-19 www.gov.uk/coronavirus
You can access this support line by calling 0300247 0050
Opening hours: 9am until 5pm, 7 days a week
The B&NES COVID-19 Compassion Community Hub line can help if:
- you need to collect a prescription
- you require an emergency food parcel
- you need a gas or electricity meter top-up
- you are feeling anxious or lonely and need to talk to somebody
Find out more about the Compassionate Community Hub and how Bath Mind can support you and your mental health during the covid-19 outbreak.
How can you keep mentally well?
Take a look at the headings below for tips relevant for you.
Manage your Immediate Environment
- If you are spending a lot of time at home, you may find it helpful to keep things clean and tidy
- If you live with other people, decide together how you’ll use different spaces. You could discuss what each person needs to feel comfortable, and make some new ‘house rules’ that help everyone feel more at ease and understanding. These certainly do not have to be strict rules, why not have some fun with it with your house/flatmates!
- Cleaning your house, doing laundry and washing yourself are important ways to help stop germs spreading, and can help with feeling more in control of your personal situation.
- If you’re feeling claustrophobic at all, pull up blinds and open windows as best as you can. it’s important to still benefit from fresh air, even thought you’re indoors more than usual.
The government has allowed one form of outdoor exercise a day, why not use it! Exercise can be anything that gets your body moving and heart rate up, like walking, jogging, running, cycling and more. If you’re looking for some guidance, we’ve put some of our favourites below:
#StayInWorkOut: Tips, advice and guidance on how to keep or get active in and around your home from Sport England. Join the movement and use #StayInWorkOut to share how you’re getting active during this time.
Active 10: The Active 10 app is a great way to help you monitor and gradually increase your brisk walking over time.
NHS 10 minute workouts: Only got a few minutes? The 10-minute workout ideas are perfect if you’ve only got a bit of spare time when you’re at home.
Joe Wicks P.E Lessons: Looking for something to do with the kids? Joe Wicks has done some fantastic youtube P.E lessons for all.
Couch to 5k: This is a 9-week running programme designed for complete beginners by the NHS. Many of our Bath Mind staff have used this successfully, so we’d highly recommend!
Parasport: Parasport have created accessible home workouts that ideal for wheelchair users and those just getting started or haven’t been active for a while.
Yoga with Adriene: Yoga instructor Adriene offers hundreds of free YouTube videos guiding you through different practices. From complete beginner sessions to 30 day challenges, you can find yoga for all levels here.
Bath Mind’s #dailychallenge
Looking for some inspiration and motivation on keeping your mind and body occupied? Bath Mind will be posting a seven day #dailychallenge on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for all to get involved with! The first challenge will be live on 25th March 2020, we’d love to hear your thoughts.
If you are on medication…
Keep taking your medication as planned, and ensure you know when you need to order any repeat prescriptions.
- You might be able to order repeat prescriptions by phone. Or you may be able to do this online using an app or website, if your doctor’s surgery offers this. You could download the free NHS App and search for your surgery.
- Ask your pharmacy about getting your medication delivered, or ask someone else to collect it for you. Make sure anyone collecting medication knows if they have to pay for it.
- Be careful about buying medication online. You should only buy from registered pharmacies.
Supporting others in your household
If you’re living with others in your household, you may need to support them as well as yourselves. For many families, this can be an extremely worrying time for both parents and children alike, with their usual routines disrupted.
- Looking for ways to talk to your child about Coronavirus? Young Minds have some great tips.
- Need some guidance as a carer? Carers UK has information on providing care for someone who is staying at home, what to do if you start to have symptoms of coronavirus, and making a plan for your caring responsibilities in case you become ill.
Additional Information and Support
Advice for Employers and Employees
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for employers and employees, ACAS
- Coronavirus and your Wellbeing, Mind
- Government Advice on COVID-19 www.gov.uk/coronavirus
- Information on changes to Mental Health Act, Rethink
- Information for people suffering with severe mental illness, Rethink
- PDF Hand Washing Advice, Public Health England
- A fantastic guided meditation app that offers free sessions, Insight Timer
Last updated on 31st March 2020 using the most up to date information available. This page will be regularly updated by Bath Mind to keep in line with new and changing guidance.