It’s not just important to look after your physical health during the coronavirus pandemic, your mental health and wellbeing also needs to be protected.
Coronavirus and your wellbeing
The are many reasons why your wellbeing could be affected by coronavirus
- You may be worried about your loved ones getting the virus or getting it yourself
- Staying at home could make you feel isolated and cause you to have a low mood
- You are worried how you are going to manage financially
- You are out of your usual routine
- You aren’t as active as you usually are
- You are having to manage working from home as well as home-schooling your children
While is it necessary to stay at home and follow the Government’s advice, there are still many things you can do to boost your wellbeing.
We have put together a collection of information and advice to help you.
Please visit the main health and wellbeing page for patients in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, which includes details to the local support and services that are available.
Below is a summary of the advice and tips that may help. You can find more information about them on the page above.
- Connect with others: Stay in touch with the people you care about in different ways, such as telephone, video calls or social media instead of meeting in person.
- Help and support others: Think about how you could help those around you
- Talk about your worries: This is a difficult time for everyone. Talk to others about how you are feeling and what you are doing to cope. There are also NHS recommended helplines or support groups online that you could connect with.
- Look after your physical health: Try to avoid falling into unhealthy patterns of behaviour which in turn can make you feel worse. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water, exercise inside where possible and outside once a day, and try to avoid smoking, alcohol and drugs.
- Look after your sleep: Having a good night’s sleep can make a big difference to how you feel. Try to maintain regular sleeping patterns and avoid things such as screens and caffeine before bed.
- Try to manage difficult feelings: To reduce anxiety, focus on the things you can control and actions to make yourself feel better prepared. Try to limit the time you spend watching, reading, or listening to media coverage of the outbreak and get the facts from credible sources.
- Create a new daily routine: Create new positive routines to give structure to your day or week.
- Do things you enjoy: Spending some time on your favourite hobby or learning a new skill could give you a break from anxious thoughts and could make you feel happier. Adapt the things you normally enjoy so you can do them at home.
- Set goals: Setting goals and working towards them gives a sense of control and purpose.
- Keep your mind active: Read, write, play games, do crossword puzzles, sudokus, jigsaws or drawing and painting.
- Take time to relax: This can help with difficult emotions, worries about the future, and can improve wellbeing.
- Try to get outside once a day or bring nature in: Spending time outside can boost your mental and physical wellbeing. If you can’t get outside, try opening the windows or sitting near a window.
Let’s Talk – Wellbeing
Let’s Talk – Wellbeing provides mental health support for people aged 16 and over who are suffering with anxiety, depression and other similar difficulties across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, many more people are now experiencing mental health difficulties and the Let’s Talk – Wellbeing service is available to help people across the City and Counties to manage their conditions.
The Let’s Talk – Wellbeing service offers free talking therapies for common mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, panic, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), trauma and stress all of which can be accessed online.
Support is on offer with one to one sessions via telephone or video conferencing with a therapist, and by accessing online support through our dedicated digital platform Silvercloud which enables patients to access a range of online programmes that can be used at any time on any device, it also allows patients to work at their own pace with regular reviews from a therapist.
Anyone can access the Let’s Talk – Wellbeing service by registering online here: letstalkwellbeing and selecting the area you live in. Alternatively you can register by calling the service directly:
- If you’re registered with a GP practice in Leicester City call 0116 292 7010 or
- If you’re registered with a GP practice in Leicestershire or Rutland call 01509 561100.
Every Mind Matters: top ten mental health tips
You can view some animations below showing the NHS’ top ten mental health tips in a range of languages: