Understandably, you may find that social distancing affects how you feel and you may be low in mood, worried or have problems sleeping and you might miss being outside with other people.
It can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour which in turn can make you feel worse. There are things you can do that may help you to to stay mentally and physically active during this time.
- No gym does not have to mean no exercise. Look out for exercises you can do at home;
- Spend time doing things you might not ordinarily have time to do – this might include reading, cooking, other indoor hobbies or listening to the radio or watching TV programmes;
- Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and try to avoid smoking, alcohol and drugs;
- Keep your windows open to let in fresh air, get some natural sunlight if you can, or get outside into the garden;
- If you have young children there are a range of indoor activities to help keep them occupied;
- You can also go for a walk or exercise outdoors if you stay more than 2 metres from others.
Staying connected to family, friends, colleagues and other networks is vital and this can be over the phone, by post, or online. Video-chatting apps such as House Party and Face Time are really useful tools in keeping social contact going. This is important in looking after your mental wellbeing and you may find it helpful to talk to them about how you are feeling.
In addition there are a range of services if you feel you need a little more support:
- Coastal West Sussex MIND have new arrangements in place to provide mental health support;
- MindOut’s online support services will continue to be open;
Sussex Oakleaf can help if you have concerns about managing your mental health through periods of isolation.