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Keeping mentally fit

Keeping mentally fit

Government advice has said we all need to limit our face-to-face contact with others and to stay home. This sudden change to our day to day lives can have an impact on our mental health and wellbeing. 

Create a routine 

To keep your mind and body active you should try and keep to your normal routine. As tempting as it is to stay in your pyjamas all day, washing and getting dressed will not only improve your state of mind, it will psychologically prepare you for the day. 

Find something you can control 

In moments of uncertainty, find something you can control. You can’t control the virus situation around the world, the government response or what others do or don’t do to take care of themselves but you can control the things you consume (food, water, media), self-care and practising good hygiene. 

Be productive. Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. 

Set a challenge you will enjoy. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun. Learn a new skill or spring clean your house, it will give you an enormous sense of achievement.  

Or why not take virtual museum or gallery tour or curate your own exhibition from home?

Borrow a book online   

There has never been a better time to escape in a good book. Blackburn Library customers can read e-books and listen to e-audio free of charge from your computer, smartphone or tablet. You can find out more here 

In Calderdale, visit

Similar online libraries are available in other areas. 

David Walliams is also reading free audio stories daily. 

Stay connected 

It’s important to stay in touch with your loved ones during this period and encourage and remind each other how good a job everyone is doing. We are all in this together.   

Face to face interaction, albeit virtual, such as FaceTime, Skype, Zoom and WhatsApp can be more useful than phone calls, texting or emails alone to connect with other people and provide support.   

You can’t meet them in person, but you could meet your friends online for a pub quiz or to play a game of cards.

Limit your news time 

Reading and watching lots of news can increase anxiety and cause confusion. If you are finding all the news about the virus overwhelming, limit the amount of time checking social media and focus on reliable and relevant government advice. 

Keep physically fit 

Go for a walk or run. Play a game. Do some gardening. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness. 

Now is the perfect time to dig out bike from the back of your shed or garage, says Newground Project Officer James Kenyon. Here he gives some tips to make sure your bike is road ready. 

If you don’t feel comfortable going outside, there are many videos online that offer free movement classes. Joe Wicks hosts daily workouts on his YouTube channel with all profits from advertising going to the NHS. 

Make home schooling fun 

There are loads of online resources to keep young minds active includingames and activities on National Geographicscience experiments, jokes and trivia quizzes on Science Fun and ideas for indoors or garden activities such as minibeast hunts and making a bird feeder from an empty loo roll on Woodland Trust. 

Take care of your mental health 

For more advice on looking after your health and wellbeing during self-isolationincluding breathing exercises, visit Newground Together's website for their resident psychotherapist Patrick Doyle's toolbox of useful exercises or visit: 

Get in touch 

You can still contact us on 0300 555 5560 or you can log in on our website to send your enquiry as an email. You can also contact us on social media.  

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