Published Thursday, 23 April 2020
Coronavirus is affecting all our lives and staying at home and avoiding other people can be stressful and difficult.
However, there are plenty of things we can do to support our mental and physical heath and wellbeing through these challenging times, and a wealth of resources available.
Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. NHS Every Mind Matters has expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.
By taking a short quiz, you can also get your own free Mind Plan with tips to help you deal with stress and anxiety, improve your sleep, boost your mood and feel more in control.
Meanwhile, Healthy Surrey offers information on the services available for mental wellbeing throughout Surrey, specific to both children and adults including signposting and local services in Surrey.
You can also check out Healthy Surrey's advice on looking after your mental health wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Sport England recently launched Join the Movement, a new campaign which aims to give you the advice and tools you need to keep active while the country deals with the coronavirus outbreak.
The get active at home section includes details of free video content and activities and tips on keeping active with kids.
Also, Active Surrey has compiled a list of the most popular video workout sessions that you can access for free.
Nutrition and sleep
Think about your diet - eating regularly and keeping your blood sugar stable can help your mood and energy levels. Check out Mind's tips on food and your mood.
It's well-known that poor sleep affects our mood, but sticking to sleep patterns and routines is even more important while many of us are working from home. The NHS has advice and information on how to get to sleep.
Surrey Virtual Wellbeing Hub - Support services available virtually – from coffee mornings to Zumba classes.
The Wheel of Wellbeing - A handy way to think about things you can do to help improve your mood, reduce the risk of depression and strengthen your relationships.
NHS First Steps booklet - This provides a range of advice, information and self-help techniques to help support mental wellbeing, along with details of local and national organisations.