How to look after yourself & your family during Coronavirus
With so much information and news being regularly shared and circulated, it can be difficult to know where to look when sourcing important information about how to prevent illness and cope with the everyday developments of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Common questions you may be asking
How can I make sure I am taking the correct measures?
Is there anything I could be doing to help my mental and physical wellbeing, particularly as I am having to self-isolate?
What services are there to support me when I'm worried or feeling lonely?
How do I keep my family entertained and educated with school closures?
Not sure where to begin? Read this quick guide to the top resources both you and your family members can benefit from, and feel at ease during this time.
Looking After Yourself
During this period, it’s important to be putting both your physical and mental health first. When you’re self-isolating and following distancing guidelines life can seem slightly at odds in the current climate.
From connecting online to friends, family and the local community, the following information can help you feel less isolated and more in the know within your local communities.
Self-isolating and social distancing can sometimes feel a little lonely. With many people finding themselves in the same position, it’s good to remain connected and you can easily set up a video chat with friends and family around the world!
Do you know how to set up a Skype account? All you need is a camera, whether on your smartphone, laptop or tablet, and internet access. Follow our quick guide to Skype and be chatting to friends and family in no time.
Since the rise in cases across the UK, there has been an abundance of community spirit. To feel involved from your home, why not find local community groups and notice-boards across social media? In most towns across the UK, members of the community have been offering free delivery services to those that are unable to leave their home.
Facebook is one of the best tools for this; in the search bar you can check if your local community has a group or central page, by typing in your city or town name and usually adding “community group” or “noticeboard” to the end of your search.
In some cases, there have been specific support pages set up to ensure that everyone in the local community has a central base, where they can seek help or discuss any issues or anxieties that they may have with other members within the community.
Use the Facebook Help Centre to aid you in navigating the site and joining groups that are relevant to you.
Take a look at our quick guide community support during Coronavirus also. It provides a range of resources if you wish to volunteer, but also useful links for benefiting from the available services out there.
Mental and Physical Wellbeing
If you’re feeling overwhelmed or anxious about the current information and news circulating, there are great resources available to keep you busy, active and at ease during this time.
From precautionary measures to having concerns over someone else’s health and wellbeing, the AgeUK website can answer many of the questions that you may have at this time.
For all the up to date advice, direct from the government, the Gov.UK website is a good place to stay in the know, without reading many of the misinformed news reports which can feel overwhelming. From guides to staying at home to shopping for essentials and staying safe, this resource can offer clarity on your rights and current situations.
Isolation or having to work from home can be an overwhelming situation to deal with at times. It's important to keep your mind and body active. Mind have shared great solutions for staying active, getting creative and relaxing over on their website.
Other advice includes staving off those feelings of anxiousness and claustrophobia; covering many feelings you could be experiencing throughout this time.
The NHS are working tirelessly to keep the country safe and well. Stay up to date with the latest advice on how to take care of yourself, and how to protect against the spread of Coronavirus.
Their website also includes online assessments you can take to check in on any health concerns you may have.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common issue faced by many people around the UK. The spread of Coronavirus and reports from news outlets can be alarming for many who experience OCD and could heighten aggravations and compulsions.
Head to the link to read all about the things you should still be doing, and new habits you should adopt, such as limiting your media and news time.
Staying at Home
Whether you’re staying at home by yourself, or you have younger members of the family to look after, the thought of having to entertain them for weeks might be quite a weight on your shoulders.
With the likes of Netflix, Spotify and social media networks on hand, the first few days may fly by, but just in case, we’ve compiled a quick list of online resources that are fun for all the family.
Visit the museum virtually
Just because social distancing measures are in place across the country, that doesn't mean you can’t enjoy the attractions and tours that you’d usually be visiting. Google Arts & Culture have teamed up with 500 museums and galleries to ensure that you can still soak up all the education and culture without having to get up off your sofa.
Podcasts can be a great way to keep everyone entertained. From comedy, education and story-telling, it can be a great way for kids to tune out on their own, or part of a group activity, which can get them enthused in their own conversations and stories. Click through for a selection of great suggestions.
In light of school closures across the country, it's important that learning doesn't come to a halt. Whilst there are many resources being put in place to support children and their families up and down the UK, there are some great online resources out there for all ages. BBC Bitesize is great for this as it caters for ages 3-16+.
Enjoy gaming and learning
Online tool, Arcademics, blends both learning and arcade games. From Year One to Year Six and Geography to Division, there’s plenty of topics that are made to be entertaining, as well as valuable!
Ready, steady, cook!
Getting little hands into cooking and baking might not only help alleviate boredom around the home, but it can also be a great point at which to teach the younger members of the family, the importance of washing their hands. For all of those easy and stress-free recipes, BBC Good Food has us covered.
Volunteer and support others
Many will be wanting to help others during this time, and it may be difficult to know where to begin whilst isolating - read our quick guide for top resources to point you in the right direction and learn how you can volunteer from home
It's important to remain active, and to go about your normal routine as much as possible, even if that means you enjoy heading outside for a run! Under current circumstances, it's still safe to go on your usual daily run.
Getting involved in these activities can also be a great way of taking your mind off the current issues, helping you to relax and clear your mind whilst at home.
Don't forget, keeping your mind healthy through regular 'exercise' can also have benefits to your wellbeing during this time. Try these 5 simple brain exercises today.
Your best interests always come first
In the light of the current Coronavirus concerns across the nation, we want to reassure you that the wellbeing of both our customers and staff continue to remain our priority.
We take pride in our Home for Life Plan being completely bespoke to the needs and wants of our customers. This stands true throughout the issues the we are all currently facing.
As part of our bespoke plan we conduct Home Visit consultations. These involve a meeting, typically in the home of our customers, with one of our Senior Consultants. This is to assess the wants and needs of those we help, and to discuss the steps we can take to help them achieve their moving goals.
In light of the current health concerns, particularly for our customers, Homewise will be conducting all consultations over the phone or via video conferencing at this time. Please see our guidance page for further details on how we continue to look after the best interests of our customers, partners and team of staff.
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Read our commonly asked questions about the impact of Coronavirus to your move, and learn how we're still here to help you.
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