How to look after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak

The government is now advising us to avoid all but essential social contact due to Coronavirus. This will mean that more of us will be spending a lot of time at home and many of our regular social activities will no longer be available to us. 

Even though we didn’t choose to physically distance ourselves from others, there’s lots we can do to try and make this challenging time as positive as possible.

Video calling – Instead of texting or using WhatApp, pick up the phone to have a chat or video call with your friends and family. Regular contact with those who matter most to you is important.

Connect to people on social media – Share positive posts and offer support to those who need it. Block those who share fake and inaccurate news or are sharing hateful posts.

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Eat well – Eating well isn’t just important for our bodies, but it’s also important for our minds. Certain mineral deficiencies, such as iron and vitamin B12 deficiencies, can give us a low mood. Try to eat a balanced diet, no stock piling of pasta required!

Watch films

Workout – Find ways to workout at home, there are lots of amazing YouTube workouts and fitness apps available.



Try new relaxation techniques – check out these apps.

Listen to podcasts – these ones are great.

Check on your neighbours – Do you live near someone who is old or vulnerable? Say hello and offer your support (at a safe 2m distance!). Or pop your phone number through their letterbox so that they know you are thinking of them and are there if they need you.

Learn a new hobby – Now is the time to learn a new language, learn how to bake or find your inner artist!

Catch up on sleep

Play board games



Make sure your wider health needs are being looked after – such as having enough prescription medicines available to you.

Ask for help – If you’re feeling unwell or if you have Coronavirus symptoms, please follow NHS guidelines and call 111 first before visiting your local hospital or GP. We are fortunate to have the incredible NHS who are here to look after us so please follow their guidelines.