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You might be feeling worried, scared, sad or even a bit angry at the thought of having to stay at home and not see loved ones. We’ve outlined some tips to help stay safe and well over the coming weeks.

Keep active

Whilst we all understand that staying inside can become repetitive, it is even more important to remember to keep active whilst at home. Staying active does not just mean completing a high intensity workout, it could be completing chair based exercices, stretching or even gardening.

Types of activity:

  • Light Activity - Getting up to make a cup of tea, cleaning and dusting, making the bed or standing up.

  • Moderate Aerobic Activity - Pushing the lawn mower, dancing in your living room, or doing chair based exercises.

  • Vigorous Intensity Activity - Jogging on the spot or joining in with martial arts.

To help you keep active and healthy we are launching a new YouTube channel with a variety of workout videos. We’ve got everything from low intensity chair exercises to dance classes. Find us here on YouTube - Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove

Look after your mental health

If you have been asked to stay at home and avoid other people, it might feel more difficult than usual to take care of your mental health and wellbeing.

Here are just a few things which may help you:

Try to keep active - it really does help your mental health as well as your pyshical health.

Spend some time in your garden - if you have a garden and able to get to it, spend as much time getting sunlight and fresh air as possible. If you do not have a garden open window for a little while and open your curtains to feel the sunlight and fresh air.

Have a clear out - have a sort through your possessions and put them away tidily.

Start that hobby you have always wanted to try - have you always thought about painting, knitting, upcycling, writing, playing an instrument or starting meditation? Now would be the perfect chance to start. Why not join our online Art Club?

Keep your mind stimulated - read a book or listen to an audiobook, read our latest magazine, do a puzzle, or if you have access to the internet why not listen to a podcast? Why not have a go at our new Spring Activity Pack:

Spring Activity Pack (colour version)
Spring Activity Pack (black & white version)

 

What should I do if I am feeling anxious?

There may be times, during self-isolation, that you may feel low or anxious. This is completely normal, we have put together some tips to help:

  • If you are worried, talking about it can really help. Our kind and trusting team are there to lend a lsitening ear...don't forget we are here if you need us!

  • MIND Charity suggest that if you have panic attacks or flashbacks, it might help to plan a 'safe space' in your home that you'll go to.

  • If you feel anxious, find ways to comfort yourself such as completing games or puzzles to distract yourself or do breathing exercises.

  • If the news is making you anxious, try limiting yourself to set times of each day to check in on the news.

If you are worried or feeling anxious please give us a call 01903 731 800