On this page you can find five ways to good wellbeing. They will help protect your mental wellbeing during the current Coronavirus situation.
Whatever your age or situation, it is important to stay in touch with friends and family and even making new friends. Not getting together with a group of friends and family is an important element of our collective response to COVID-19, however social distancing or if you are having to self-isolate doesn’t mean you can’t stay in touch by setting up group chats via social media, email, facetime/video calling or just picking up the phone and having a chat with friends and family. It is a good idea to discuss your fears with someone you trust and focus on positive stories (e.g. listen to the voices of local people who have recovered or who have supported a loved one through recovery), practice gratitude together and talk about a mutual topic such as a book or film. If you feel that you are unable to talk about your worries with friends and family, then there are people you can speak to via NHS recommended helplines.
Whether in or outside your home, it is important to keep active to maintain both your physical and mental wellbeing. Having a daily routine in place is a good idea, and even though we can now meet up with one other person to exercise, please remember to keep two meters apart from people you don't live with. There is a range of exercises at home guided videos designed by our Healthy Cornwall service. They have been designed for anyone to use, you can make them as easy or as hard as you feel comfortable. They have been designed for people who might have low mobility or a cardiac condition too. You won't need any special equipment just a chair, a couple of tins of food or bottles of water, and a couple of shopping bags. There are also free easy 10 minute work outs and other NHS Fitness Studio sessions.
Doing something different such as trying a new hobby (e.g. a puzzle, craft, drawing, listening to new music or photography) is also a good way to keep your mind active. Whilst it is important to be factual, it is also important to take time away from the news and take part in the things you enjoy. This is particularly important for children and older people, so the activities need to be age appropriate.
Supporting others in the community who are in need of help, or volunteering can help make new friends, keep active and gain new skills. Avoiding stigma that may come with the impact of Covid-19 and helping others in your community can make a real difference to your own and someone else’s wellbeing. Lot's of people are offering help during the outbreak, if you'd like to volunteer you can register with Volunteer Cornwall.
Try to be mindful of your environment in and around your home. Make the time to get as much sunlight, fresh air and nature as you can, while still following Public Health social distancing guidelines. If you can’t get outside much you can still benefit from these positive effects by spending time with the windows open to let in fresh air and get some natural sunlight.
If you'd like to try mindfulness, Louise from Healthy Cornwall has created a short guided session you can follow online at home.
Videos about the five ways to wellbeing
Richard Sharpe, Public Health Practitioner, mental wellbeing
Tim Francis, Head of Mental Health Comissioning for NHS Kernow
It's ok to not to be ok