Advice on Self-Isolating

Hello!
Here at Mid and North Powys Mind we understand that these are difficult and worrying times for a lot of people right now. There’s a lot of information about what’s going on and sometimes that can be overwhelming and confusing.

We’ve created this page as a resource you can use to help protect your mental health when you are self isolating or worried about what’s going on.

For information about the virus itself and what you can and should be doing about it, please see these links:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

Where do I start?

It’s important to remember that you are not alone, and that feeling anxiety over these situations is normal and understandable. If you feel like you need to speak to someone, you can call 01597 824411 or text/call 07539870010 and we will set you up with a support worker who will call/skype to talk to you.

There are lots of websites out there with more information about looking after you mental health during this difficult period, you can take a look here for a few select ones:

BBC Health on your wellbeing: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51873799

Mind information and checklist on how to stay well during your isolation:
https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing

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

Activities to keep you entertained here:
https://chatterpack.net/blogs/blog/list-of-online-resources-for-anyone-who-is-isolated-at-home?fbclid=IwAR3c8olqNXEsHgrxXqtsKvk4PL7_GDi5PwnH_CjlKHjaxPS8pUXMthZiol4

Here is a great document aimed at young people from the Early Health Team at Powys:

Looking after someone elderly who doesn’t have access to the internet?

The information we have suggestions that those over 60 are most at risk from the virus and have therefore been asked to isolate for longer periods of time.

We have created this document full of useful tips and activities your friends/family member might like to try whilst their are self-isolating

We also have this document you can give to them with contact information

Simple steps you can take to help yourself

Avoid social media, fake news, and overexposure

We understand how important it is to stay connected and informed, but some times we can get caught up worrying about information that may be wrong or unhelpful to us in someway. This is why it is so important to stick to only the verified and official information.
Staying away from social media can be hard when we’re taking steps to self-isolate and that’s why we here at Mid and North Powys Mind are committed to keeping our social medias positive, informed and helpful to you.

You can visit our facebook here: www.facebook.com/mnpowysmind

Our twitter is @mnpowysmind

Our instagram is @mnpowysmind

Keep in touch

It’s times like these that it’s more important than ever to make sure you stay connected to people. You can do this a verity of ways, if you use social media you can chat and video call over the web. You can arrange phone calls with you friends and family – prehaps even skype if you have the technology and know how!
Here at Mid and North Powys Mind we are offering phone support, skype support and support through our social media. To access these services you can call 01597 824411 or call/text 07539870010.
We are also hoping to offer some online activities such as Meditation, relaxation and Tai Chi through our facebook – follow us there to stay updated.

Take small steps to look after your mental health

There are lots of small things you can do that can help maintain good mental health while you are isolated or anxious. Taking good care of your personal hygiene – even though you’re not going out it’s still important that you maintain good self care in whatever way that means to you. If that’s having a good hair day when no one will see it, or putting on your makeup just to sit in the living room then that’s all it takes!

Maintaining as much of your routine as possible will help you still feel grounded with a sense of normality as we move through these difficult times. If you’re working from home you can still follow your morning routine, even if your commute is now just down the hall!

Take some time out for yourself to relax – there are a number of online resources that can help you relax and unwind. Headspace is an app that has guided meditations, it is a paid service but offers some free meditations to help with the global anxiety over the recent news. Details can be found at www.headspace.com

Self care is important, and you can find out more tips on this webpage: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/mental-health-problems-introduction/self-care/

Look after your physical health

It can be hard to stay active when your movement is limited, but there are still things you can do from the comfort of your own home.

Look online for exercise routines you can do at home, or perhaps some yoga routines you can practice?

Eating healthy is important to maintaining both good physical and mental health. If you are worried about the food that you have in your house, or are worried about getting access to food – there are a number of volunteer groups being set up locally to support people getting access to the necessities. If you would like help or more information on this, you can always give us a ring.

For more information on the link between food and mood you can visit here:
https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/food-and-mood/about-food-and-mood/