Life hacks for a healthy mind and body

1 June 2020 Posted by

The need to follow the latest guidance on ‘staying alert and safe (social distancing)’ means that we are all living and working in unusual ways. Many of us are operating without certainty and, often, without access to our usual support networks – whether that’s through work or at home through friends and family.

This can create feelings of stress and anxiety; during what is already an unpredictable time. You may experience feelings of fear, irritability, insecurity or being unsettled. You may also feel like you have a lack of control, experience trouble sleeping or eating, and are excessively checking for symptoms. Social distancing and/or shielding may also make you feel bored, frustrated or lonely, which can heighten these feelings further.

Looking after your mental health and wellbeing

While we may all react differently, being worried at this time and needing a bit of extra help with your mental wellbeing is completely normal. Our Five Ways to Wellbeing are designed to offer you a host of tips and advice on nourishing and protecting you mental health, with specialised information on:

• Connecting with others
• Being active
• Continuing to learn
• Supporting others
• Taking notice of your environment

It is also important to take the time to relax, eat well, stay hydrated and maintain healthy and active lifestyles that include good quality regular sleeping patterns. Further information can be found on the Every Mind Matters web pages.

Cornwall Council (www.cornwall.gov.uk/mentalhealth) and Start Now for young people (www.startnowcornwall.org.uk) have a lot of information to help you look after your mental wellbeing. In addition, you can find out more information from the Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group mental wellbeing pages for children and adults.

New psychological wellbeing guidance

The Cornwall Council web pages also provide a lot of information to help children young people, adults. This includes new psychological wellbeing guidance for those aged over 16 years, including older adults and key workers.

Coronavirus and Psychological Wellbeing guide

Need to speak to someone?

To talk to someone about your mental wellbeing you can call the 24/7 NHS mental health telephone support, advice and triage help line – 0800 038 5300. Support is available to anyone, regardless of age, all day every day. If you or someone you know feels they need to access urgent mental health support, they will listen to you and asses how best to help.

Your GP or NHS Direct 111 is also available if you need support with your mental wellbeing.

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