These are unprecedented times and most, if not all of us, are struggling to adapt to new ways of living and working. None of us know when things will return to ‘business as usual’, and this uncertainty is causing some of us to eat more than usual, rely on alcohol to relieve stress or boredom, and struggle to remain physically active.
There are a number of things you can do to look after your health during this time, and we have collated some of our most popular articles to help you and your family protect your wellbeing when everything else seems uncertain.
Self-care – the cornerstone of wellbeing
Even at the best of times, self-care is something a lot of us put on the back burner. There’s simply too much to do to take time out to look after ourselves. While COVID-19 has brought with it many challenges, what it has done is offer us the chance to put new tools in place to stay well. Learn more about self-care and some of the resources that you and your family can use today and going forward.
Your wellbeing assessment
Managing your wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak
Mindfulness for wellbeing
Managing health anxiety
Managing your wellbeing while self-isolating
The benefits of rest and recovery while you work from home
Managing your stress during the COVID-19 pandemic
Understanding your relationship with alcohol
Are you concerned about your increasing levels of drinking, or that of someone you’re close to? Many people are finding that currently they’re drinking more than they usually would to cope with the strain of isolation or are drinking earlier in the day. Have a look at these resources if you want to learn more about alcohol and how it affects the way we cope. We also offer a learning module to help you to reduce your alcohol intake if this is something you’re keen to do.
Understanding more about alcohol
The difference between alcohol abuse and alcoholism
Tips for cutting down on alcohol consumption
Is drinking alcohol before bed bad for your sleep?
Helping you to stop smoking
Some people have started to smoke again years after stopping, while others are considering tackling their reliance on nicotine to get them through stressful times. Whatever stage you’re at, you might find the following resources helpful.
The physical benefits of giving up smoking
The single best thing you can do to stop smoking
Easier said than done, that’s for sure, but eating well is a big part of staying well both physically and emotionally. Here are a few resources to get you started on your way to a healthy diet.
A beginner’s guide to healthy eating
Helping your children to eat more healthily
Nutritional support for developing and maintaining your emotional and physical wellbeing
Healthy eating – an online guided learning programme
Getting a great night’s sleep
Many of us are finding that getting enough sleep is difficult these days – our routines have been disrupted, and an uncertain future isn’t helping. Sleep is a cornerstone of staying well both physically and mentally, and these resources will help you to ensure that you’re getting quality rest.
Everything you need to know about sleep
What is good sleep hygiene and how can you practise it?
Improving your sleep quality during the COVID-19 pandemic
Exercising when you can’t get to the gym
Even if you weren’t a gym-goer before COVID-19, you might be finding that you’re feeling frustrated that you can’t get enough exercise due to physical distancing restrictions. These resources look at some of the ways that you and your family can stay active even when indoors.
Maintaining your family’s physical wellness
A beginner’s guide to getting back in shape
The benefits of physical activity – an online guided learning programme
NHS Fitness Studio
Dealing with domestic abuse
Incidents of domestic abuse have risen with the arrival of COVID-19. If you’re living in a domestically abusive relationship, you are not alone and there are people to turn to. If you, or someone you know is in immediate danger at the hands of an abusive partner, contact 999.
Understanding domestic abuse
The different forms of domestic violence and abuse
Leaving an abusive relationship
How to stop using abuse in your relationship