Staying connected

In times of uncertainty, it can help to focus on the things that are within your control. Here are lots of ideas and resources to help you look after your wellbeing. 

Start by reading this leaflet on Self Isolation from the NHS.

Tips on coping and maintaining good psychological wellbeing

Set yourself a reading challenge – the Library Service can recommend plenty of good reads!

Engage with nature; get as much exposure to the outside world as possible even if only in your garden.

Try to be kind to yourself at this time and do things that you know help you to feel good.

Vary your activities - don’t just sit in front of a screen. Blue light from these devices can be disruptive to health and wellbeing.

If appropriate, increase communication with colleagues who might be working from home.

Minimise watching reading or listening to news that causes anxiety and distress.

Keep a healthy diet as it can be tempting to sit and snack on unhealthy foods.

Here is another useful leaflet on supporting yourself and your colleagues.

Stay connected: maintain your social network – do this in a safe way - digitally or on the phone.

 Increase the amount of physical activity you can do in your home, such as going up and down the stairs or following online activities such as yoga /dance.

Do something fun for yourself – this is really important as with extra time on your hands it’s easy to start worrying and reflecting more on the negatives

Keeping a log of your emotions and daily life can help you process everything that’s going on.