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We all have mental health and during this difficult time, feelings on anxiety and uncertainty are very natural. Here are some things that you can do to help:

  • It can be helpful to acknowledge emotions of anxiety as they come and then try to let them pass on. Try not to reject these emotions as this can create a bottleneck of feelings and then they can come all at once. 
  • Keep in contact with your family and friends regularly. You could use your phone or perhaps Skype (video chat) if you have it. Writing letters are another great way of staying in contact! You might also consider signing up to social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram if you haven’t already – it can be a great way to stay in touch and find out what’s happening in your local community.
  • Look at Age UK's guidance 
  • Try to keep some structure to your day. Keeping up with your normal hobbies and activities as far as possible will also help. You might be a garden enthusiast, a Great British baker or a puzzle champion, what ever you enjoy, make sure you have plenty of supplies to keep you going. 
  • Only look at trusted sources of information. There is lots of incorrect information doing the rounds at this time, and it is essential that you only look to trusted and reliable sources of information during this time. This is a trusted source of information. Others include the NHS website and the Government website. If you are looking on social media (Twitter and Facebook) look out for a blue tick next to the account name - this means the account is verified and trusted.
  • Try to keep your body moving! Exercise is a fantastic way to improve your physical and mental health. We have some brilliant exercises for you to try below!   
  • If you are feeling really low or are struggling to cope, please do reach out for support. You are not alone and support is available for you.


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Whilst we all must stay at home to protect the NHS, it's really important to keep your body moving and maintain your mobility as much as possible.

Joe Wicks, also known as 'The Body Coach' has been sharing exercise classes throughout the coronavirus pandemic, to keep people moving whilst at home. Joe has shared a recent video for a 10 minute full body workout especially for seniors. You can watch the video here.

Check out our easy exercises you can do from home at the bottom of this page! 

Let's exercise!

Exercise has many health benefits for muscles, joints, confidence and wellbeing. Strength and balance exercises at least twice a week can reduce the risk of having a fall. 

Here are a few handy exercises you can do at home (please make sure you are in a clear space before undertaking activities).

This was part of a story in our Trust magazine, The SHJ. Find out more or read the full story here.

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One leg stand – hold support

• Stand up tall beside the bench.

• Hold on and look ahead.

• Stand on one leg.

• Try to hold this position for 10 seconds (or as able).

• Place foot down and repeat on the other side.

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Sideways walking

• Stand up tall and place your hands on your hips.

• Take 10 side steps to the right.

• Take 10 side steps to the left.

• Repeat (as able).


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Ankle Movements

• Either stand or sit.

• Point your foot down then pull the foot back towards you.

• Repeat 10 times for each foot (as able).

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Sit to stand – two hands

• You could do this exercise while you watch TV.

• Sit on a chair which is not too low.

• Place your feet behind your knees.

• Lean forward over your knees.

• Push off with both hands to stand up.

• Repeat 5 times (as able).

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