You might be feeling worried about Covid 19 and the impact it could have on you or the person you care for. You might be overwhelmed in your caring role, particularly if you are self-isolating, or spending longer periods at home than you would usually. Perhaps the person you care for cannot attend their day centre at the moment, and this is putting extra pressure on you.
This information is here to help you cope if you are feeling:
- Stressed and anxious about Coronavirus
- Overwhelmed at staying at home and an increase in your caring role
Food and Mood – A change in our routine can affect how and what we eat. During this time it is important to look after our physical health as this also has a positive impact on our mental health. Eating well balanced meals will help keep your blood sugar stable and improves your mood and energy. Planning meals can also help structure your day. See our Recipe page for healthy and simple ‘Store Cupboard’ recipes.
Staying hydrated is particularly important at this time. As with food, a change in our routine can negatively impact our fluid intake. Drinking water regularly is important for our physical and mental health. If you are concerned you are not drinking enough water, you could set a reminder on your phone.
Going shopping can be difficult at the moment; the shops maybe have run out of what you need, or it is very busy. You might be self-isolating and therefore are unable to leave your house to buy food. There are a number of support services available at the moment to support vulnerable people to get the shopping they need. See our general information page for more info
At Home Routine
If you are at home more than usual it can be difficult to manage your health and wellbeing. You might be finding your caring role has increased due to being at home. Having a routine whilst you are at home will help structure and break-up your day. You can even put this routine up on the wall to remind you. Keeping your routine as similar as it was before is important; try and get up and go to bed at the same time as you would have done. However research also shows that varying your routine from day-to-day also has a positive impact on wellbeing. Wandsworth Carers’ Centre have a number of wellbeing activities for Carers during this time – see our activities page for more information.
During this time, ensuring you have the correct contact details for people is important. This will reduce feelings of isolation and form part of your at home routine. If you would like information and support to set up an online account such as Zoom, see our handy ‘How to Zoom’ Guide that gives you step by step instructions on setting up a Zoom account. Alternatively call us on 020 8877 1200 and we can support you with this.
Having a break
At this time it can be easy to feel overwhelmed with all the information about Covid- 19 and this can increase anxiety. Have a break from social media, the news or posts that you are finding unhelpful. Instead try and do an activity that helps you relax; perhaps reading a good book, having a bath or cooking a nice meal.
Talk Wandsworth – We provide free confidential help for problems such as stress, worry and low mood. We offer talking therapies for people over the age of 18. You can refer yourself or you can be referred by a healthcare professional such as your GP. In response to the latest guidelines around COVID-19, our workshops are currently not being delivered face to face. However, we are continuing to provide wellbeing workshops through other platforms. Currently we are delivering 1-1 telephone wellbeing workshops to our clients. If you would like to book on to these, please register via our Eventbrite page. Alternatively call 0203 513 6264
The Samaritans is a registered charity aimed at providing emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland. Calls from both landlines and mobiles, including pay-as-you-go mobiles. You do not need to have any credit or call allowance on your plan to call 116 123
Mental Health Support Line on 0800 028 8000
Calm is a leading app for meditation and sleep. Calm is the perfect mindfulness app for beginners, but also includes hundreds of programs for intermediate and advanced users. Guided meditation sessions are available in lengths of 3, 5, 10, 15, 20 or 25 minutes so you can choose the perfect length to fit with your schedule. Topics include Calming Anxiety, Managing Stress, Deep Sleep and Focus & Concentration. To access Calm, download the free app onto your smart phone, computer or tablet. The basic app is free for anyone to use.