Mental Wellbeing Advice

The NHS has created lots of useful advice and tips for keeping up your mental wellbeing during what might seem a difficult and lonely time.

Keeping connected with loved ones and friends, remaining physically active and sleeping well are among some of the simple things you can do to remain healthy and happy.

Physical Exercise

Keeping active will boost your physical and mental wellbeing while remaining protected at home. It’s recommended to get 20-30 minutes of exercise per day. You can easily achieve this at home by clearing some space and following along to videos published online, including these by the NHS. Possible indoor exercises include cardiovascular, strength and balance and stretching or yoga. 

As the weather improves exercising outside is also possible, so long as you follow safe, social distancing advice. However, as of 22/03/2020, the Government announced that those considered especially vulnerable should remain within their homes for at least 12 weeks. 

Staying Connected with Others

Keeping in contact with friends, family, neighbours or colleagues is an easy and effective way of boosting everyone's mental wellbeing. Arranging daily video or phone calls, messaging via Social Media and texts or even planning to watch a show or read a book separately to discuss with someone can all be done from home.

You can access information about social websites and video calling tools here.

Keeping a Healthy Sleeping Pattern

The benefits of sleep on mental health, productivity, mood and concentration are well documented. Bed time routines help regulate your body clock. Suggestions to improve your routine include reading a book or writing a diary, or meditation with breathing exercises and gentle music.

Being glued to the news, TV or Social Media may interrupt your sleeping pattern and cause you to worry. Advice suggests turning off screens at least an hour before bed.

Other advice on social distancing and hygiene, coping with anxiety or financial/employment worries and supporting others can be found online. View the full guides here:

NHS Every Mind Matters

Dealing with Anxiety

Mind Coronavirus Support

Young Minds