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Look after your mental health

During the current times of the coronavirus pandemic it is more important than ever to look after your mental health. As many of you are working form home now it's vitally important to check in on each other regularly, look after your own wellbeing and that of others around you in a similar situation.

Plan in advance

  • Think about how you can carry on your normal routines, and try to do things that are useful or meaningful.
  • Work out how you can get any household supplies you need. You could try asking neighbours, family and friends or find a delivery service.
  • Inform any organisations that provide you with support that you are staying at home. You should also discuss how you can continue to receive any support that you need.
  • If you need regular medicine, you might be able to order repeat prescriptions by phone or online via a website or app. You can also ask your pharmacy about getting your medicine delivered or ask someone else to collect it for you.

Look after your body and mind

  • Our physical health really affects how we feel. Try to make sure you and your family eat healthy, well balanced meals, drink enough water and exercise regularly.
  • Keep your mind active. Read, write, play games, do crosswords, complete Sudoku puzzles, finish jigsaws or try drawing and painting. Whatever it is, find something that works for you.
  • Get outside for a walk, a run or bike ride if you can - in line with Government guidelines - or try online home workout videos.
  • Good quality sleep makes a big difference to how we feel, so it's important to get enough. Try to maintain your regular sleeping pattern and stick to good sleep practices.

Communicate and connect with others

  • Home working can be socially isolating. Do not forget to stay in touch with colleagues and managers and, more importantly, with your friends.
  • Maintaining healthy relationships with people you trust is important for your mental wellbeing. Think about how you can stay in touch with work colleagues, friends and family while you are at home whether it's people you usually see often, or reconnecting with old friends or neighbours.
  • Use a variety of methods to stay in touch. This may be by video call, text messaging, WhatsApp, telephone calls, email and group chat platforms, such as Microsoft Teams.
  • If you live with other people, think about or discuss with them, what challenges you might all face if you all need to stay at home or one of you gets coronavirus.

Stay informed

  • Do not stay glued to the news! Try to limit the time you spend watching, reading or listening to coverage of the outbreak, including on social media, and think about turning off breaking news alerts on your phone.
  • You could set yourself a specific time to read updates or limit yourself to checking a couple of times a day.
  • Use trustworthy sources, such as GOV.UK or the NHS website and fact check information from the news, social media or other people.
  • The council will also stay in contact with staff by regularly updating our coronavirus intranet page with latest information, via global emails and keeping the public up to date with changes to council services via the corporate website.

Have you completed your working from home assessment?

If you are working at home you should fill in a working from home assessment as soon as possible. This is to help to minimise any risks that may occur in your new work environment. Completed work assessments must be returned to your line manager.

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