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Mental Health & Wellbeing during lockdown

Worried about the Coronavirus? Feeling more anxious? You are not alone.
Data shows over 4 in 5 adults are worried about the effect that coronavirus (COVID-19) is having on their life right now, with over half saying it affected their wellbeing and nearly half reporting high levels of anxiety.

Public Health England’s Every Mind Matters website includes new NHS expert tips and advice on looking after mental wellbeing and supporting your family and loved ones during this time. Click here to take a look and create your own wellbeing plan.

Here are the NHS’s Top 5 Tips for maintaining mental wellbeing during the Coronavirus outbreak (please view all tips on the Every Mind Matters website).

1. Talk about your worries: it is normal to feel worried, scared or helpless about the current situation. Maintain contact with friends and family via phone and video calls to share how you are feeling.

2. Keep a regular routine and set goals: you may need to set a new routine for now. Try writing a plan for your day with the things you can still do at home, like watching a film, reading a book or completing a puzzle. Setting goals and achieving them gives a sense of control and purpose. Maintaining good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how you feel mentally and physically too, so it's important to get enough (the Every Mind Matters sleep page provides practical advice on how to improve your sleep).

3. Manage your media and information intake: if 24-hour news and constant social media updates are making you worried, try to limit the time you spend watching, reading, or listening to coverage of the outbreak to once or twice a day.

4. Do things you enjoy and try something new: focussing on your favourite hobby, learning something new, or simply taking time to relax indoors should give you some relief from anxious thoughts and feelings and can help boost your mood. Look online for lots of free tutorials and courses.

5. Look after your body: our physical health has a big impact on how we feel. At times like these it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour that end up making you feel worse. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and exercise regularly. You can leave your house, alone or with members of your household, for one form of exercise a day – like a walk, run or bike ride. But make you keep a safe 2-metre distance from others.

Help us to fundraise: The coronavirus pandemic has brought our traditional fundraising to a halt, we need your support now, more than ever.

If you fancy setting yourself a challenge during this period, why not take part in The Fire Fighters Charity Fire Family Challenge. The challenge is a chance to come together, to stay safe and well, to test your physical, mental or creative strength and raise vital funds to support the UK’s fire services family over the coming months.

The challenge you choose is constrained only by the limits of your imagination (and government guidelines). What you do, who you do it with and how you raise money is completely up to you.

So how will you rise to the challenge? For more information visit The Fire Fighters Charity website.

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