How to keep well at home during
the Coronavirus outbreak
This is a challenging and uncertain time for many of us, and we all respond to
stress, anxiety, fear, and uncertainty in different ways,
If the COVID-19 disruptions have affected your wellbeing, there are many
things you can do: from taking the time to manage your mental health and
rediscovering yourself, to using some of your home resources to keep you fit
Use recovery principles to stay in check, by having hope, looking to make the
most out of the opportunity to stay at home with your family and exercise control with our five ways to wellbeing.
Follow our tips below to see how you can use the time to learn, get creative, relax, keep active, give to others and be mindful.
For crisis support, visit our futher help page, or the NHS page for support with
anxiety, stress and depression. If you're older or are worried about the welfare of an elderly relative,
we recommend you give 16 ways for older adults to stay safe this winter a read.
If you are looking for more resources to cope with the Coronavirus, skip
to the end.
Remember, you're not going thorough this alone:
Jeanette describes what it's been like for her during lockdown
Getting to know yourself
Learn about yourself:
Think about your dreams, goals, feelings, worries, emotions, fears as well as your hobbies, interests, favoutite things to eat...
if you're not sure where to start, use the 'interview' technque in the 'connect with others' section of this page.
Take time to reflect
Practise self love
Write down the positive attributes you possess
Read these 100 love yourself quotes
Learn something new
Learn through reading and listening using:
- Online articles
Get free access to the following using your library membership
- Borrowbox app (audio and e-books)
- RB Digital (magazines)
- Press reader (Newspapers)
And if you can't wait for a specific book, try getting some of the free titles Audible are making available specifically to help with homeschooling and to entertain yourself during the outbreak.
Learn through writing
Use the time to research a topic of interest
- Start that book
- For those with the travel bug, recall your favourite trip or plan the next one!
More tips on our writing creatively for wellbeing article.
Learn that new hobby
Study your past
Use this time to check:
Your Family history
The online reference library
Upskill with free courses
If you’re not sure where to start, there are also thousands of free courses online via the:
- Open University website (free academic-focused courses, such as finance, HR and teaching)
- Library resources website (500 courses from art and photography, home and garden, to writing skills)
- BT website ( courses to learn skills such as parenting skills, dealing with money and other daily life management areas)
- Futurelearn also gives free online courses and even has one on how to cope with the coronavirus
Connecting with others
Find new ways to connect to friends and family
Connect with your immediate family by:
- Read to your kids, partner – or listen to audiobooks together
- Pick songs and play music together
- Dust off those old board game
Relearn about your family
People change every year, likes and dislikes change. So get to know our family again by ‘interviewing them’.
- Ask about:
- Favourite restaurants
- Sports teams
- Holiday spots
- Favourite foods
- Then think of ways you can give to each of your family members in the future to meet their needs.
For example, if their hobby is cycling, you can just take an interest by learning what they love about cycling, take out
cycling magazine subscriptions for them or find new routes to talk to them about. If their favourite restaurant has changed,
make a plan to take them to the new favourite restaurant when things get better
Chat/video call using group chats like:
With whatsapp and Zoom, you can even video call multiple people at the same time!
Play games and puzzles
With thousands of games and puzzle apps on phones, tablets and online, there’s plenty to keep you entertained. For example, you can get free jigsaws on the Jigidy website
Make it a family affair with
- board games
- online quizzes
- or use these party games to utilise your TV and mobile phones to compete against each other
Find other ways to reduce loneliness, such as:
- Self-refer for talking therapies
- Try opening up to friends and family
- Try not to compare yourself to others
- Make connections with others by joining free activities and social groups online
- Keep away from negative news and focus on ways you can connect with others instead
- Look after yourself - our courses can help you discover how
- Run up and down the stairs
- Create a workout routine in the garden using everyday household objects
- Use YouTube to find relaxing yoga workouts for complete beginners or
- HITT routines with no equipment
Practice meditation and mindfulness to relax
Try YouTube or apps like headspace for guided meditations – or find articles online for mindfulness exercises.
Take up gardening
Learning how to grow a garden is endless and greatly improves your mindfulness and overall wellbeing! Try:
Make room in your head as well as your home with a clear-out
Having less clutter clears the home and the mind.
- Make space and create joy with Marie Kondo’s ‘the art of tidying up’ book
- Watch Tiny house nation to discover how thinking outside of the box can upgrade your home
- And if clearing out your wardrobe is the hardest thing for you, try reading ‘how to break up with fast fashion’
– which also talks about how minimising your wardrobe can help the environment!
Use what you know already
Use the answers your family members gave you during the 'interview' to find ways to give.
For example, if your family enjoys musicals, you could dig out one of the DVDs and pop it on a surprise.
Or if they like having coffee, make it a new routine to make them a cup of coffee in the mornings, or even give them breakfast in bed.
Make something to give to others later
Even if you’re not the ‘crafty type’, giving helps your wellbeing.
Think creatively about what you can make to give to your family or friends later …
Try following an art class on youtube, do one of these 100 DIY and craft ideas or use https://www.creativehertfordshire.com/ and
Herts Year of Culture page to get inspired.
Whatever you choose, make sure it’s something you will enjoy!
Fun things to do to help your
Listening to music
Music can have a positive effect on your wellbeing, from inspiring you to dance, feel motivated and relaxing you. You can:
- Learn a new instrument
- Get nostalgic with your old record player, CDs and iTunes account
- Listen to new or unusual bands on Spotify free
- relax with a free version of calm radio online
- listen to popular classical music for free on Naxos
Relax with a movie
Now’s never been a better time to have a DVD and duvet day!
And some of the latest blockbusters that were due to screen at the cinema will be released straight on streaming
services, meaning you can watch the latest films on your sofa!
Look at inspiring pictures
Whether you prefer to see those pictures of your kids from 20 years ago or research about your favourite artists online;
there is plenty of beauty in the world to look at too.
Search for relaxing images of woodland areas, beaches and canyons to keep you calm and inspired whilst indoors.
Soak in the bath to relax
Go one step further, turn off the lights, light candles and play spa music, so you can
hear the birds, music and look at beautiful photography whilst relaxing!
If you want to keep up to date on coronavirus and watch some comforting videos related to staying well
during the pandemic, we recommend reading reliable sources such as on the NHS or government website
and watching these: