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How to Combat Covid-19 Stress

It is very natural to feel nervous and concerned during these times. Here are some tips on how to stay happy and healthy during the Coronavirus outbreak.

  1. Limit Time Spent on Social Media

    Owing to the loss of structure to the day it is easy to fall into the trap of endlessly scrolling through social media. This can limit what you achieve in a day, you are also more susceptible to misinformation. It is okay to unfollow, unfriend or unsubscribe from the people and pages spreading fear and ‘fake news’, you can always reach out to them again when you feel less anxious.

    Fake news can be detrimental to mental health

  2. Try and Create a Routine

    While away from work and having to limit visitors, it is natural for boredom to creep in. Begin creating a routine by allocating 30 minutes to small tasks such as cleaning the house in the morning, before moving to an hour spent outside in the garden, then allocate half an hour to contact family and friends. Or what better time to allocate some time to get in shape, why not have a look at our four ways to keep active during the COVID-19 lockdown.

    Make a routine to ensure time at home isn't wasted or unproductive

  3. Stay Connected

    Keep connected to friends and family by using apps like Skype and Whatsapp. Video calls are very useful as they allow you to speak face-to-face with loved ones, allowing you to keep in touch with grandchildren and even family pets. This is also the perfect opportunity to talk about your concerns with a trusted friend or family member.

    It is important to keep in touch with friends and family during lockdown

  4. Be Proactive About Prevention

    If you follow the government guidelines you are less likely to feel anxious as know you are doing all you can to keep safe. You can do this by washing your hands for 20 seconds regularly, and using hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable. Look out for more information on how to keep safe during the coronavirus outbreak.

    hand washing

  5. Keep Yourself Distracted

    Use your time sitting at home to do something engaging. Maybe pick up that hobby you’ve always wanted to start, use apps like Duolingo to learn a new language or finally sort through your wardrobe. Many people are taking up hobbies such as painting and other crafts in the war against boredom during the Coronavirus lockdown. All those books you’ve been meaning to read can finally get the attention they deserve; here is a list of books every adult should read at least once. There are so many things we can do now that we have never been able to do before. You never know, we may learn a thing or two.

    Try new things during self isolation


    If you have any concerns about getting your Great Bear items while in self- isolation, call the Nightingale helpline on 0800 318 559 or email us on mail@gbhl.co.uk

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How to Combat Covid-19 Stress