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Coronavirus - Wellbeing Advice

Guidance from the Government on Covid-19 to the public:


Looking after your wellbeing while staying at home

Staying at home for a long time can be a difficult, frustrating and lonely time for some people. It can be particularly challenging if you don’t have much space or access to a garden.

It’s important to remember to take care of your mind, as well as your body, and to get the support if you need it. The Every Mind Matters website has some useful advice if you are feeling low.

Try to stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media. Setting up WhatsApp groups can help you stay in touch with groups of friends. You could even try using FaceTime or Skype (as seeing a friendly face over your phone or computer can help). Digital personal assistants like Amazon Echo and Google Home can also be used to stay in touch with others. See Staffordshire County Council daily living equipment and technology page for more information.  

Think about what you can do during your time at home. Keep yourself busy with activities like reading, watching films, doing puzzles or colouring. Or maybe try doing those jobs that you keep putting off. 

Take a look at this online directory called Staffordshire Connects. The section on ‘Help at Home’ covers many issues that you may be worried about, such as meal delivery services, dog walking, home care agencies and telephone befriending services. Please note that at this time, some services may not be running as normal. 

You can also look at our self-help advice and guidance, to help keep you well while staying at home. This includes information on:

Physical Activity

Some gentle exercise in your home or garden could make you feel better. The NHS website has lots of different exercise videos you can try. These include sessions for beginners, strength exercises, pilates and yoga. They even have pilates exercise videos for people with specific health problems, such as back pain or arthritis, and even chair-based exercises.

For children: It is recommended that children and young people take part in 60 minutes of physical activity per day, which may be difficult to achieve with the current restrictions due to Coronavirus in place. We have teamed up with Les Mills On Demand to provide the opportunity for children and young people to take part in some free online physical activity sessions. Each session feeds young people’s natural appetite for action, movement and play – and lets them enjoy the energy, confidence, good health and increased ability that goes with it. Open the Les Mills link here. 

For adults: It is recommended that adults take part in at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week. So if you are missing the gym and want to take part in some physical activity at home we have teamed up with Les Mills On Demand to provide the opportunity to take part in free cardio, strength, HIIT training and flexibility sessions online. Open the Les Mills link here

Please note that you are responsible for exercising within your limits and assume all risk of injury to your person or property resulting from your use of the Les Mills On Demand Service. Do not participate if prone to seizures. Flashing lights and rapid imagery changes may be used. Motion sickness may be experienced.

Shopping

ADVICE FOR CONSUMERS • A quick guide to safe shopping during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can be found here.