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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 if you have it. Writing letters are another great way of staying in contact! Try to check in on older relatives or neighbours if you can, giving can provide a sense of purpose.
  • Try to keep some structure to your day. If you're working from home, it might help to create a space for work so you can walk away from it at the end of the day to relax. Here is some great advice on working from home.
  • 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.
  • Keep your body moving! Exercise is a fantastic way to improve your physical and mental health. Whether it's a home work out, getting moving in the garden if you have one, or your allotted time outside to exercise. 
  • Make sure you take time for yourself. Whilst it may be difficult to find time to yourself, it's important to take even just a couple of minutes to process and relax. It might be a bath at the end of the day, or your daily walk outside before the rest of the house gets up. 
  • 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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To stay fit and healthy, the NHS recommends to get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week, or around 20 to 30 minutes a day. Plus, you should aim to do strengthening and balance exercises at least 2 days a week. Our home workouts are an easy way to help you reach your exercise goals, so give them a go! Looking after yourself physically will have a positive impact on your mental health!

Here are some great sources of exercise you can do at home:

NHS One You home workouts  - easy 10 minute cardio workout and strengthening workout


The Body Coach - Joe Wicks - P.E workouts every day of the week and a range of other home workouts


A guide to yoga - a NHS guide on yoga, the benefits and how to get started


NHS Fitness Studio - exercise sessions focused on toning and strengthening your muscles 

 

   

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