Staying well with social distancing and self-isolation

Staying well with social distancing and self-isolating

Understandably, you may find that social distancing can be boring or frustrating. You may find your mood and feelings are affected and you may feel low, worried or have problems sleeping and you might miss being outside with other people. The NHS has a list of free helplines and organisations that can support you with your mental health and welllbeing

At times like these, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour which in turn can make you feel worse. There are simple things you can do that may help, to stay mentally and physically active during this time.

  • Spend time doing things you enjoy - this might include reading, cooking, other indoor hobbies or listening to the radio or watching TV programmes
  • Learn a craft or skill that you have struggled to find time to for previously
  • 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
  • You can also go for a walk or exercise outdoors if you stay more than two metres from others.

The government has also published some useful advice on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Smoking

If you smoke, you are putting yourself at greater risk of developing a severe disease from the COVID-19 virus. Smoking tobacco is known to damage the lungs and airways causing a range of severe respiratory problems. The evidence clearly shows COVID-19 virus attacks the respiratory system, which explains why smokers are at greater risk.

If you’re a smoker the most important step you can take to improve your health is to quit smoking.