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Coronavirus (COVID-19): shielding support and contacts

Details of shielding support for vulnerable people to arrange for food and medicine deliveries, and other support services.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): shielding support and contacts
Looking after your mental health while shielding

Looking after your mental health while shielding

We understand that this may be a worrying time and you may find staying at home and having limited contact frustrating.

If you have been asked to shield yourself it is because you are at the highest clinical risk and should protect yourself.

At times like these, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour, which can make you feel worse.  Simple things you can do to stay mentally and physically active during this time include:

  • look for ideas for exercises to do at home on the NHS website
  • spend time doing things you enjoy – reading, cooking, jigsaws and other indoor hobbies
  • try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water, exercise regularly, and try to avoid smoking, alcohol and recreational drugs
  • try spending time with the windows open to let in fresh air, arranging space to sit and see a nice view (if possible) and get some natural sunlight. Get out into the garden or sit on your doorstep if you can, keeping a distance of at least 2 metres or 6 feet from others

Further information: Coronavirus (COVID-19): your mental wellbeing on NHS Inform.