Looking after your wellbeing

It’s really important to take care of your physical and mental health. If you’re feeling worried at the moment, you are not alone. What you’re feeling is completely normal but there are things you can do to help improve your wellbeing.

The Every Mind Matters website has advice and tips on how to look after your mental wellbeing while staying at home, and tips to help manage anxiety about coronavirus.

The government has published guidance for the public about mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic.

There’s also an easy read leaflet based on the government guidance called Staying Well at Home.

Five ways to wellbeing

Our five ways to wellbeing leaflet suggests five things you can do each day to improve your overall happiness and wellbeing. The leaflet gives some examples of how you can practice the five ways to wellbeing:

  • connect
  • be active
  • take notice
  • learning
  • give

Stay active

Sport England has launched #StayInWorkOut, a campaign to inspire people to stay active at home during the coronavirus outbreak.

You can get more information on the Sport England website including fun and creative ideas, exclusive offers and workouts.

Wesport have published advice about keeping children active at home as well as providing resources to support mental wellbeing.

The NHS has lots of information about staying active during the coronavirus pandemic. Strength and flex is a five-week exercise programme delivered through podcasts. It’s aimed at people who aren’t very active or want to get back in shape gradually.

The NHS also has a virtual fitness studio – a collection of videos from strength exercises to yoga.

Supporting the mental wellbeing of children

During the coronavirus pandemic, some children may experience anxiety and distress as they try to understand what is happening in the world around them.

The government has published guidance for parents on supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing.

The BBC have written an article about how to help your children cope while they are off school.

Place2Be is a charity that focuses on improving the mental health of children. They have produced some information for parents to help them answer questions their children may have about coronavirus.

Young Minds have produced 10 tips for parents to help them talk to children about coronavirus.

Childline have a page on their website about helping children to deal with worrying things that are happening in the world, including coronavirus.

Where to go for help

The Independent Mental Health Network has pulled together information about local mental health and wellbeing services across North Somerset, and provides regular updates about what's on offer to help.

Information for community volunteers

In North Somerset we have a variety of community groups, voluntary organisations, and services that support people’s mental health and wellbeing. This leaflet provides a useful summary on where to go to access these groups and services.

Lonliness while self-isolating

If you are self-isolating you may begin to feel lonely. We’ve put together a leaflet with the details of organisations who can help.

Other national organisations offering support

Samaritans offer a 24-hour helpline service. You can call them on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org (an email response may take 24 hours)

Kooth is an online mental wellbeing community for children and young people.

Silver Line is a national, free and confidential helpline dedicated to older people. They offer information, friendship and advice – or just someone to chat to.

you can call Silver Line 24 hours a day on 08004 708 090

Wellbeing support in other languages

You can get wellbeing advice in other languages on the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership website.