Feeling a little unsettled about the COVID-19 outbreak and how it might affect your life is normal and looking after yourself during this ever-changing situation is extremely important. Here are some useful tips that will help you do so.
Maintaining contact with a support network can help you to stay calm and in control of any concerns and is likely to help others too.
If you are healthy and well, why not stay connected by volunteering in your community to help others who might need support during this time. This could be picking up essentials including food shopping or prescriptions for those that are more vulnerable and unable to do so.
Lots of people are finding the current situation difficult, so staying in touch could help them too.
For example, if you are working from home, try to get up and get ready in the same way as normal, keep to the same hours you would normally work and stick to the same sleeping schedule.
If you cannot do this, think about how you can create new routines and set yourself goals. You could set a new alarm for the morning, do a daily home workout, and pick a regular time to clean, read, watch a TV programme or film, or cook.
Whatever it is, find something that works for you.
Get outside for a walk or jog if you can, in line with government guidance, or if you’re self-isolating, simply doing some gardening, cleaning the home or an exercise DVD are good alternatives to maintain your activity levels. Why not try one of these home workout videos: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/for-your-body/move-more/home-workout-videos/
You could set yourself a specific time to read updates or limit yourself to checking a couple of times a day.
It’s OK to keep up-to-date on the situation, such as warnings, precautions and measures that are in place, but try to avoid speculation and only use news sources that are trusted and reputable. Use trustworthy sources such as GOV.UK, Public Health Wales or the NHS website – and fact-check information from the news, social media or other people.
Think about your diet. Your appetite might change if your routine changes, or if you’re less active than you usually are. Eating regularly and keeping your blood sugar stable can help your mood and energy levels.
As well as eating well it’s important to stay hydrated. Drink water regularly. Drinking enough water is important for your mental and physical health. Changing your routine might affect when you drink or what fluids you drink. It could help to set an alarm or use an app to remind you.