Health & Wellbeing

We understand that continuing to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak is vital. We've put together some useful tips and online resources aimed at promoting self-care and reducing stress and anxiety during this difficult time.

  • Stay connected with friends & family - Keeping in touch with loved ones is key to wellbeing during the lockdown and social distancing. Try new, free online platforms like Zoom and Houseparty help you stay connected or simply picking up the phone or writing a letter can help you stay connected.
  • Keep a routine - Life might look quite different at the moment and you may be juggling more, but keeping a routine will help you manage anxiety. Try to fit in some self-care, even if it's just something you enjoy doing for for 20 minutes.
  • Manage your intake of news and social media - It can feel important to keep checking the latest news and our social media feeds, but try to recognise how it is affecting your mood and if you think it's making you feel worse, try to switch off on only check-in for a limited amount of time.
  • Be present & breath - grounding ourselves in the present moment, whether that's going for a walk and noticing what's around us or doing some breathing exercises can really help lower stress and anxiety. We've got some great resources to help you below.
  • Accept your feelings with self-compassion - it is normal and natural to feel anxious and overwhelmed at times, especially during such uncertain times, but we can often make ourselves feel worse by negative self-judgement. Try to accept your feelings and take time to write down your worries or talk to someone about how you're feeling.

Mental Wellbeing

Public Health England - Government advice on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Public Health England

Mind: Coronavirus and your Wellbeing - Practical advice on staying at home, health & wellbeing, and work, benefits & housing.

Mind Advice

NHS Apps - Various apps to help your health and wellbeing:

NHS APPS

BACP - The British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) has a range of really helpful advice for the public from trained counsellors to help you manage stress, anxiety and uncertainty.

BACP Advice

Mental Health and Wellbeing Government guidance 

Gov.uk

Good Thinking has produced a digital tool which signposts individuals to anxiety, stress, and mood-related resources.

Good Thinking

 

Mayor of London mental health webpage:

 

Mayor of London

 

Bipolar UK has provided a list of apps for varying mental health and stress-related needs.

 

Bipolar UK

 

Mindfulness Initiative has curated a list of free mindfulness resources.

 

Mindfulness Initiative

 

Making the Most of Now - an online coaching support group led by Issy Harvey. Suddenly we have the time to let our creative selves flourish a little. Yet it’s easy to watch the days slipping past. Are you finding it difficult to focus your time on those things you would love to do more of? Join this supportive group to make the most of your 'stay at home’ time. Every Tuesday and Friday at 2.00 pm. To join in, simply download the free app Zoom to either your phone or your laptop/computer. 

Zoom

Exercise and Movement

Move Me invites you to dance every day until the global Coronavirus shutdown is over.

Move Me

Sport England have just launched a campaign #StayInWorkOut there are lots of resources on there, including exercises for older adults, disabled people and for people with health conditions.

Sport England

Later Life Training is uploading 3 “bite-size” exercise sessions a day 0800, 1200 1600 (for 30 days)  on their Facebook page. The videos can also be accessed on YouTube

Central YMCA workouts: Zumba, Stretching, Strength Exercises and Seated exercises. 

YMCA

BBC Sounds 10 Today: physical activity for older people

BBC Sounds

Joe Wicks is hosting a free workout aimed at kids every weekday morning at 9 am or you can watch it after on YouTube.

P.E. with Joe Wicks 

Enjoy fun Banana Banana Meatball dance with your children:

Banana Banana Meatball

Yoga with Adriene

YogawithAdriene

Free video exercise classes you can do from home: 

Fitness Blender

Davina McCall’s Own Your Goals: Fitness programme with a free 14-day membership, includes different classes such as HIIT, boxing and dance.

Davina McCall's

One You NHS home workout videos

One You

NHS sitting exercises:

NHS

For people with movement impairment, the MS Gym could offer some good exercise examples. 

MS Gym

Meditation

Audio files of relaxation techniques that can help relieve stress and gain a sense of well-being. 

Listen here

Experience better sleep, lower stress, and less anxiety with Calm.

Calm app

Meditate with Headspace app that guides you through the essentials of meditation and mindfulness.

Headspace app

Access 40,000 free guided meditations here:

Insight Timer app

Podcasts

The Power Hour: Podcast on dedicating just one hour each day to improving yourself and your life.

Power Hour

She’s Electric: Podcast taking you on a journey into the lives of some of today’s most powerful female leaders, sharing their motivation, their highs, their lows and their insatiable energy, hosted by wellness author Jody Shield.

Jody Shield

Calmer You: Podcast with tips to help you live a calmer life with practical steps, encouragement and expert interviews.

Calmer You

Slow Home: Podcast looking at how to live a slower, simpler life including interviews with other people to find out how they’ve stepped back from the hectic pace of modern life.

Slow Home

Other

Reiki Healing: Marie and Cheryl will be offering free distance reiki healing for everyone fortnightly during this trying period. Next date, Monday evening on the 27 April 2020. Please email: [email protected], to book your spot. Don’t miss out!

Email 

Conscious Living Community Workshop – Bringing more awareness to our moment to moment experience can make all the difference as we navigate such turbulent times. This webinar-based weekly meet up is open to all to connect, ask questions or simply watch, led by coach Laurence Knott and contributions by fellow coaches and therapists. When and where: 8.00 pm on Mondays.

 Live on Zoom 

Regent’s Park Singers – join the Regent’s Park Singers, singing upbeat pop classics virtually.

Regent’s Park Singers

CentrePoint Challenge Accepted – CentrePoint is releasing new challenges every Friday – you have a week to complete them!

CentrePoint

Creative Isolation – the March Network have put together a comprehensive list of creative activities that can be accessed online. 

Creative Isolation