It is important to look after your mental and physical wellbeing.
The current coronavirus outbreak is worrying, but there are steps you can take to look after your mental health.
Stay in touch with friends and family using your phone or computer. If you are working from home, keep in touch with colleagues online.
Mindfulness is a technique which can help you to feel less stressed. It involves noticing what’s happening in the present moment without judging anything. It encourages you to choose how to respond to your thoughts and feelings, and be kinder to yourself. See the Mind website for more information.
Exercise, eat well and stay hydrated
To help yourself stay well while you’re at home:
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
- Stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media.
- Try to keep yourself busy – it might be a good opportunity to catch up with paperwork. You can also try cooking, reading, online learning courses (like MOOC) and watching films.
- Do light exercise. If you have no garden, you may choose to leave the house to exercise, but stay at least two metres away from other people.
Do not watch the news more than twice a day.
It doesn’t always give the full picture: bear in mind that “lots of people are well” isn’t a catchy headline. Constantly seeing soundbite news can just make you more anxious.
Please do not believe everything you see on social media. It’s great for catching up with friends and family, but not as a source of health advice. And be careful about sharing advice someone emails to you. If you want to know the facts about coronavirus, go to Public Health England or the NHS websites.
Please follow government guidelines
Stay two metres away from people who are not in your household at all times.
If your worksite is still open, you must keep the full two metres away from people as you travel to and from work, and all the time you are there.
If you are not working, or if you are working from home, you may only go out once a day to exercise, or to get essential food or medication. You must keep away from other people. Even if you feel well, you could be carrying the virus, which means you could infect someone who is vulnerable, or who works in the NHS.
If you have a high temperature, or a new persistent cough, even if your site is open, you must not come to work for at least seven days. Follow the absence reporting and SSP procedures. You may not self-isolate for a few days and then decide to come back to work.
If you are self-isolating because you may have the virus, you must not go out to buy food or collect medicine – order them by phone or online, or ask someone else to drop them off at your home.
Look after each other
If you are well, please continue to support our values: keep an eye out for colleagues and make sure they are OK. This is a stressful time for us all, so more than ever, we need to look after each other, mentally as well as physically.
If you are struggling, please reach out to your line manager, or one of the resources listed on our website.