You might be worried about coronavirus (Covid-19) and how it could affect your life. This may include spending a lot of time at home and keeping a safe distance from others if you go outdoors (known as ‘social distancing’).
This might feel difficult or stressful. But there are lots of things you can try to help your wellbeing.
This information is to help you cope if:
- you’re feeling anxious or worried about coronavirus
- you’re following Government advice that we should stay at home as much as possible and keep a safe distance from others outdoors
- you’re self-isolatingbecause you, or someone you live with, has symptoms of coronavirus. Self-isolating means that you stay home and keep away from other people, to avoid spreading coronavirus.
- Taking care of your mental wellbeing
- Spending time at home
- Practical advice and support
- Wellbeing checklist
You might also find these pages helpful:
- Our information on coping with going into work during coronavirus, including advice for healthcare, emergency services and other key workers.
- Our tips for managing feelings about lockdown easing.
- Our coronavirus useful contacts, listing Government and NHS guidance, helpful organisations and other ways to get support during coronavirus.
We’re here for you too. Go to our hub of coronavirus content for young people.
If you’re shielding from coronavirus
NHS England and the Welsh Government have written to people who they have identified as being at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. This is because of pre-existing physical health problems.
If this affects you or someone you know, there is specific guidance about how to protect yourself from coronavirus (known as ‘shielding’), and extra support available to help you:
- The UK Government’s ‘shielding’ guidance about how to protect yourself, in English.
- The Welsh Government’s ‘shielding’ guidance about how to protect yourself, in English and Welsh.
- If you live in England, you can register for extra support on the UK Government website, or somebody else can register on your behalf.
- If you live in Wales, you can register for extra support on the Welsh Government website, or somebody else can register on your behalf.
Taking care of your mental wellbeing
- Connectivity: have you got ways to keep in contact with people in your life? Do you need help with using digital communication, like video calls?
- Routine: can you create a routine or timetable for yourself? If you live with other people, should you create a household schedule?
- Food: do you have a way to get food delivered if you need to self-isolate?
- Cleaning: do you have enough cleaning supplies?
- Medication: do you have enough medication, or a way to get more?
- Therapy: Can you reorganise any therapy or counselling to phone or online sessions?
- Exercise: is there any physical activity you can do inside your home, like going up and down the stairs, using bean tins as weights, or exercises you can do in your chair?
- Nature: have you thought about how you can bring nature into your home? Can you get some seeds and planting equipment delivered, or put up photos of green spaces?
- Entertainment: have you thought about things to do, books to read or TV shows to watch?
- Relax: have you got materials so you can do something creative, such as pencils and paper?