How to look after your mental health while self-isolating with Covid-19

The current Covid-19 pandemic may cause you to feel worried, anxious, or scared. Read our tips to looking after your wellbeing.
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Updated 10 January 2022

It’s just as important to look after your mind as well as your body when self-isolating with Covid-19.

Self-isolating can be difficult for anyone, from feeling bored and lonely to being frustrated and restless. So it’s important to remember this time will pass and what you’re doing is vital in protecting yourself and others.

Here are a few top tips to keep in mind while self-isolating:

1. Be practical

First, think about how you will manage practical everyday tasks that you might not be able to do while self-isolating. From letting your work know you have tested positive to ordering an online grocery shop or asking a neighbour to help deliver household supplies.

If you take repeat medication and don’t have enough, don’t panic – you might be able to order repeat prescriptions by phone or online via a website or app. If this isn’t possible, contact your GP and ask for their advice.

Find out more about what self-isolating means for you – from employment benefit rights to what to do if you care for someone else.

2. Stay connected to others

It can be a very lonely time but staying connected to your friends and family can really help you feel more yourself. Think of all the ways to keep in touch with loved ones – by phone, messaging, video calls or social media. You might want to block out some time each day to chat with someone on the phone. This can give each day some structure and help tackle feelings of loneliness.

If you cannot speak to someone you know or if doing so has not helped, there are plenty of helplines you can try instead.

3. Stay on top of difficult feelings

Feeling anxious during this time is very normal. Try to focus on the things you can control, such as how you act, who you speak to and where you get information from. For example, don’t watch the news if it makes you feel worried.  

Looking at the bigger picture and thinking about your problem or situation from someone else's view can make it easier to come up with a plan to combat your anxiety. What advice would you give to a friend or family member in the same situation?

For more ways to deal with anxiety, read the NHS advice to find out more.

4. Carry on doing things you enjoy

It’s not easy but try and relax and do things you enjoy. Why not start a new book, get into a TV series or complete a daily crossword? Whatever works for you! But don’t try and set yourself impossible tasks and put too much pressure on yourself.

Remember, this time will pass, and many people are in the same boat. Look after yourself and keep in mind that what you’re doing is helping save lives – so cut yourself some slack.

For further support and advice, read the NHS advice piece: Mental wellbeing while staying at home.

Where to get mental health support

Samaritans

If you need to speak to someone you can call the Samaritans. They're always open and are there to listen.

116 123

Cruse

Cruse Bereavement Care provide bereavement support to people across the UK. Talk of death in the news and online can be distressing if you're already struggling with grief. If you need someone to talk to you can call the Cruse helpline. You can also talk to them if you've been bereaved as a result of Coronavirus.

0808 808 1677 - Monday-Friday 9.30-5pm (excluding bank holidays), with extended hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, when they're open until 8pm.

Mind 

Mind is a mental health charity which provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. 

Mental Health Foundation

The UK's charity for everyone's mental health, promoting good mental health for all.

Young Minds 

Young Minds is a mental health charity for children and young people.

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Mental health 24/7 response line

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) have a 24/7 phone line to provide advice, guidance and support to their existing patients, families and carers who are worried about their own or someone else's health.

The phone line provides round-the-clock support for adults and children, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

0800 953 1919

Mental health support for children and young people

A children and young people’s mental health helpline operates 24/7, offering advice, guidance and support to children, young people and carers.

Anyone concerned about a child or young person’s mental health, or a child or young person themselves, can phone the helpline and speak to mental health experts over the telephone.

The helpline should not be used for situations which are life threatening. In this case emergency services should be notified by phoning 999.

9am-5pm on a weekday call 01865 903777

5pm-9am on a weekday or on weekends call 01865 901000

More support is available at On Your Mind

Every Mind Matters

Get expert advice and practical tips on looking after your mental health and wellbeing, on everything from stress and anxiety, to looking after children and working from home. 

Go to Every Mind Matters

Support for health and care workers

Health and care staff in the Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire (BSW) area affected by Covid-19 can now access help and support.
 
Research shows that health and social care workers are likely to have been disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and this service is being set up to help them access support. The BSW Wellbeing Matters service will provide direct access to psychologists and registered mental health clinicians who will use their expertise to assist health and social care key workers in accessing help and support.
 
Health and social care staff can self-refer to the service by calling 0800 953 9003 and leaving a message or emailing BSWwellbeing-hub@nhs.net. They will need to provide their name and contact telephone number for the team to call them back within two working days.
 
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