Looking after mind and body

It’s not always easy for you to stay healthy in mind and body during lockdown. The following are some useful resources to help you:

Mental Wellbeing

Whether you are fearful of the virus itself and its effects on people, society and the economy or you’re just struggling with isolation, the following resources could help you. Looking after your mind is every bit as important as looking after your body. 

NHS

There are some simple things you can do to help you take care of your mental health and wellbeing during times of uncertainty. Doing so will help you think clearly, and make sure you are able to look after yourself and those you care about.

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-anxiety-tips/

Mindfulness Explained

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mindfulness/

Get your own online Mind Plan

Fill in a very simple quick quiz and general suggestions pop up or can be emailed to you.  

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/your-mind-plan-quiz/?WT.tsrc=Search&WT.mc_id=MentalHealthGeneric&gclid=Cj0KCQjwjoH0BRD6ARIsAEWO9Dt5AsvV-bLy2YSyaXSjK-tSa_nVpHRLJwnvjj13cm4H4CG0Y5lzLckaAtzoEALw_wcB

The Help Hub

If you have found yourself on your own and feeling isolated and fearful – The Help Hub can support you.

The Help Hub is a group of qualified therapists who are giving their time free to help people feeling alone and scared. To book a 20 minute chat on Skype, FaceTime or on the telephone, simply click here:

https://www.thehelphub.co.uk/book-an-appointment/

Mind UK

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

(Copied from their website):

You might be worried about coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it could affect your life. This may include having to stay at home and avoid other people.

This might feel difficult or stressful. But there are lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing. 

This information is to help you cope if:

• you’re feeling anxious or worried about coronavirus

• you’re staying at home and avoiding public places, following Government advice that we should stay at home as much as possible 

• you are self-isolating because you, or someone you live with, has symptoms of coronavirus. Self-isolating means that you stay home and keep away from other people.

And it covers:

• Practical advice for staying at home

• Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing

• Support for work, benefits and housing

• Checklist for staying at home

They have support for young people too.

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/for-children-and-young-people/

Mental Health Foundation UK

The Mental Health Foundation is part of the national mental health response providing support to address the mental health and psychosocial aspects of the Coronavirus outbreak, alongside colleagues at Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care.

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak

BBC

Useful article on protecting your mental health during the Covid-19 outbreak.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51873799

Scotland Self Help Mental Health Advice

Advice from Scotland’s mental health association:

https://www.samh.org.uk/about-mental-health/self-help-and-wellbeing/coronavirus-and-your-mental-wellbeing

Anxiety UK

https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/coronanxiety-support-resources/

(copied from website) During the coronavirus pandemic, we will be extending our helpline hours to provide additional support in the evenings until 10pm and over the weekend between 10am -8pm so that we can offer support to as many people as possible who need our help. (03444 775774).

Exercise

There is no set exercise that is suitable for all people with RA. How long you are able to exercise for and which exercises are suitable will depend on the severity of your condition and which joints are affected, but regular exercise is recommended for all with RA and the following exercises may be useful: 

NRAS

NRAS has a great section on exercise, including exercises that you can do from home:

www.nras.org.uk/exercise-videos

Tai Chi For Arthritis

Dr Paul Lam offers a range of Tai Chi exercises specifically for those with arthritis. Pre-lockdown this included physical classes, but they are also available through a subscription fee online or through purchasing a DVD:

https://www.onlinetaichilessons.com/tai-chi-for-arthritis/

The Body Coach

Joe Wicks offers a range of work out videos for a variety of fitness levels, including P.E. videos for children, which many adults are also taking part in following during lockdown.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ

NHS

The following exercises are available through the NHS website:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-fitness-studio/

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/gym-free-workouts/

Talkhealth

Best at home gym apps/free living room workouts

https://bit.ly/2UrBwTG

Click here for more of our information on exercise.