During these uncertain times, it is normal to face challenges to both our mental and physical health.
There are five key areas of wellbeing:
Whilst it is important to physically distance now, there are other ways in which we can effectively communicate – social media, phone calls, video calls, and writing to one another.
These are all ways to reduce the loneliness that can arise from social isolation. Ensure regular contact is established with loved ones and work colleagues daily.
Regular movement and physical activity are associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety.
Try to continue with work routines as much as you can and incorporate other activities in your spare time. These could include new or existing hobbies, arts and crafts, online exercise or any other meaningful activities.
Ensuring you maintain a routine is important, including waking up, showering, eating healthily.
Take notice of your surroundings, focus on your five senses; notice your environment, what can you see, smell, taste and feel?
Continued learning can enhance our sense of wellbeing and encourages goal setting and a sense of achievement.
Read books, complete crosswords, research new things, undertake DIY, or even a new hobby.
If you have spare time, think about giving. Check in with friends, family members, or neighbours.
Volunteer in the local community to help those around you.
Try to implement some aspect of these five ways to wellbeing in your daily life and see how it makes you feel!
Whatever you are doing, remember to take the recommended health advice to stay well physically.
This is a prescribed app. It should only be used alongside a face to face intervention provided by a mental health worker. Check with your local service to see if they subscribe to the app.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): We are not allowing visitors to any of our hospital or inpatient sites in order to protect our patients and staff who care for them from the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). This is with effect from Monday 23 March 2020 until further notice.
New! Call the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Health Helpline if you need help with a mental health problem, but it is not an emergency.
This number replaces 111 for mental health advice in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Learn more…