Health and Wellbeing
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Easing of Lockdown Restrictions
Mental wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak
The impact and experience of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has been different for everyone, as has how we have reacted, but there's no doubt it's been a really difficult time for us all.
That's why it's so important to do what we can to look after our mental health and wellbeing – now more than ever. If you need support, please visit the Every Mind Matters COVID-19 hub. It includes practical tips and support on how adults can deal with uncertainty, how to cope with money and job worries and how to look after your own and your family’s mental wellbeing while staying at home.
The NHS’s Top 5 Tips
- Talk about your worries: it is normal to feel worried, scared or helpless about the current situation. Maintain contact with friends and family via phone and video calls to share how you are feeling.
- Keep a regular routine and set goals: you may need to set a new routine for now. Try writing a plan for your day with the things you can still do at home, such as watching a film, reading a book or completing a puzzle. Setting goals and achieving them gives a sense of control and purpose. Maintaining good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how you feel mentally and physically too, so it’s important to get enough (the Every Mind Matters sleep page provides practical advice).
- Manage your media and information intake: if 24-hour news and constant social media updates are making you worried, try to limit the time you spend watching, reading or listening to coverage of the outbreak to once or twice a day.
- Do things you enjoy and try something new: focusing on your favourite hobby, learning something new or simply taking time to relax indoors should give you some relief from anxious thoughts and feelings and can help boost your mood. Look online for free tutorials and courses.
- Look after your body: our physical health has a big impact on how we feel. At times like these it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour that end up making you feel worse. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and exercise regularly. You can leave your house, alone or with members of your household, for one form of exercise a day – like a walk, run or bike ride. But make sure you keep a safe 2-metre distance from others.
- The KCC Release the Pressure helpline offers confidential emotional support and guidance 24 hours-a-day, every day of the year. Live Well Kent can help people improve their mental and physical health and wellbeing.
Urgent mental health needs - 0800 783 9111
- The Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership (KMPT) has a new Single Point of Access (SPA) telephone number - 0800 783 9111.
- This new Freephone number is for anyone who needs urgent mental health support, advice and guidance.
- KMPT’s crisis and community contact details can be found on the Trust’s website.
- Telephone calls are recorded when using the Single Point of Access service. KMPT’s privacy notice is available on the website.
Longer, happier and healthier lives
We all want to live longer, happier and healthier lives and promoting the health and wellbeing of our residents is an important part of what we do.
Many factors combine to affect the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities, not just the use of health care services. This includes individual circumstances and the local environment such as where we live, inherited characteristics, income, education, life experiences, behaviours and choices, and our relationships with family and friends. These factors are often referred to as the "wider determinants of health".
We are in a good position to influence many of these factors not just through our core services but also our wider leadership role supporting communities and influencing other organisations. Through our work, we want to create a more vibrant and healthy place for people to live and work.
There are many ways to stay healthy and active in the Dover district. For example, did you know that we look after more than 200 parks, open spaces, play areas, allotments, commons and woodlands? Please see our Leisure & Tourism pages for further information on how you can get active in the district.
Take control of your health
It's never too late to take control of your health. Take Public Health England's 'How are you' online health quiz to find out how you are doing.
Making small changes now can improve your health right away.
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