Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice

March 29, 2020 5 min read

 These are challenging times for everyone due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19). These tips are intended to help.

If you need support, for example, due to being classed as a vulnerable person in this crisis or because of disability, ill health or being elderly, you can contact a local to you Covid-19 community group, for example, getting volunteer help or supplies see:

Mutual Aid UK offers support of Covid-19 community groups.

If you wish to make a non medical face mask that may offer some protection from the virus and protect others if you have the virus Good Housekeeping shows you how to do so, it is quite simple with no sewing Involved

Do not be hard on yourself, accept anxiety is a normal response to the abnormal situation that the virus has put us in.  If you are extremely vulnerable, get the support you are entitled to and make sure you shield, meaning you do not go out at all at this time.

If you are not classed as extremely vulnerable, you may still have an increased vulnerability, though not at the highest risk.  You should still be aware of your increased vulnerability, for example, if you have underlying health issues, such as being entitled to the annual/yearly flu jab, or being over 70 or being pregnant.  

Keep things as normal as possible.  Give yourself a routine and look after your self care.  Get dressed and put on makeup etc as normal.  Be kind to yourself and others.  When inside, sit by a window so you get more natural sunlight.

If you are looking for accurate up-to-date information, use trusted sites, like the BBC, the UK Government or the NHS.  Limit your views of the news and social media. 

Or read, if you or someone you care about has a learning disability and want to understand the virus there is a PDF in different languages, including English, to help children, young people or those with learning disabilities understand Covid- 19.  The author is Manuela Molina.

In a time when we must socially distance, find new ways to stay in touch with people such as video calling, keep in touch.  Stay connected.  You can also phone a helpline, like, the Samaritans.

We all have had to adapt our routines, so now it is important to develop new routines, such as getting up times, lunch times and finding new activities.  Set yourself manageable goals for a sense of purpose and achievement, such as to complete tasks you have not had time for or have previously put off.  Try to have a balanced varied day, such as work activities, leisure activities and resting. 

Still maintain exercise, such as a video/online exercise class or some gardening at home.  Do not sit still for too long.

Think up new indoor hobbies, like craft or read a book you have been meaning to.  You may want to return to old hobbies, or look for ideas for activities, like on YouTube.  Consider the activities on this site for looking after your mental health.  Also, check our our self-isolation activity ideas on the blog.

Try to keep a sense of prospective of what you can control to reduce anxiety.  You can turn off the news, you can limit social media if this helps.  You can follow government advice, you can control your own social distancing, you can follow hygiene rules and you can be helpful to others and show kindness.  You cannot control others, you cannot control how long this lasts or others' actions.

Limit alcohol as this reduces serotonin (serotonin makes you feel happier).

Think about your space and how you use it to improve your wellbeing.

Remember why you have to self-isolate as staying inside saves lives.  This time will pass and pass sooner if we socially distance now.

Use the time for reflecting on what is important.  Plan for the future if you like.

Do not panic buy, but plan when and where you will get food.  Pick up medication or how you will get others to help if you are self-isolating or shielding.

Do stay two metres from others and clean your hands.  Also, follow advice, like paying by card rather than cash if you can.  But do not get yourself in debt.  Do not visit others homes or meet up with others in person.

Try to develop a positive attitude and use the time to do activities that you would not necessarily have time for, such as watch a film, read a book, keep a diary, use art or craft, start a blog or website. 

Use techniques, like Mindfulness, and make good use of technology.

Eat and sleep well.  Make sure you get vegetables, fruit and water, limit alcohol. You are allowed daily exercise, so while keeping 2 metres from others, go for a walk.  You can also try exercise, like Yoga.  You can listen to music or play music, you can draw or doodle. 

Wash your hands with soap, very often including after being out and before and after meals.  The NHS states you should follow the following basic hygiene advice now more than ever.  This is :

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – for at least 20 seconds
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands
  • not touch your face if your hands are not clean
  • Sleep can help mood, so go for a nap or talk to someone, such as video conferencing (it can be fun to try) or on the phone.

When looking for activities to do, you can see from our self-isolation activity list, you can go on virtual online sightseeing trips to many attractions, such as the Louvre in Paris, or the British Museum, other different museums, zoos and others - take a look.  They are free.  You can also download vital apps for virtual tourism and look round tourist destinations, from cities to National Parks.  You can also watch interesting Ted Talks on a huge number of topics or Ted Ed.  All are free. See links on the other blogs.

Be kind to yourself, these are challenging times.

Have a sleep routine, such as listening to music, having a bath, reading a book, avoiding coffee or technology before bed and have a set bed time.

Remember, the advice states, Stay Home.  Only go out if vital, such as, to get essential food supplies, for example, once a week or to have one session of daily exercise, like, a walk with your family who live in the same household or go alone. 

Always keep 2 metres apart and do not meet other family or friends.

Only go to work if it is essential and cannot be done at home, for example, NHS workers, Social Care workers, teachers, supermarket staff.

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