Coronavirus (COVID-19): Looking after your wellbeing while staying at home
For the most up to date information, advice and guidance on the Coronavirus (COVID-19), see these trusted websites:
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.
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.
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.
Staffordshire library services offer free digital magazines, online newspapers, audiobooks and e-books and if you’re not a member you can join online.
Take a look at our local 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:
Try to stay in touch with those around you, this might be over the phone, by post, or online. If you have been advised to stay at home, let people know how you would like to stay in touch and build that into your routine
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 our daily living equipment and technology page for more information.
Age UK have created easy to use instructions to help people who aren't used to using technology get started with different systems for video calling.
‘Stay in Touch’ is a telephone, video and postal service by Everyone Health. It's available to any adult (over 18) living anywhere in Staffordshire, who is lonely and isolated. Activities include: telephone bingo, virtual exercise, telephone book clubs, quiz and puzzle groups, food tips and recipes groups, telephone chat groups and more! For people without access to the internet, they also offer a postal programme. Call them on 03330 050 095 or email them at email@example.com.
Find other befriending services at Staffordshire Connects.
Is a volunteer helping you with your food shopping?
Not being able to get to the shops for your essentials is hard. Especially in the current situation. That’s why a number of supermarkets are creating the Volunteer Shopping Card, the cashless - and less stressful - way for people to help get the shopping in.
Ideal for those who might be self-isolating, older or medically vulnerable, the Volunteer Shopping Card provides a contactless, safe and secure way to allow others to shop for them. Visit our Staffordshire Connects webpage for more information.
Caring for others
If you provide care for other people, take a look at our information on support for carers.
Some other ways that you can prepare for staying at home include:
- Talking to your neighbours and family, and making sure that you have their phone numbers
- Create a list of other important phone numbers e.g. your pharmacy, NHS 111
- Consider and plan for those in your home who are considered vulnerable
- Plan how you will get access to food and other supplies such as medications that you will need during this period
- Set up online shopping accounts, if possible