Over the last six weeks we have all experienced a massive change to the way we live our lives. For most of us, saying at home for such a prolonged period of time is not what we are used to and it can be difficult, frustrating and lonely.
I feel the same. I miss seeing my family and going out to meet friends for coffee. I live in a flat with no outside space and getting out once a day to walk or cycle along the seafront has never felt like such a significant part of my day. It helps me feel connected to the community, all be it at a distance, as well as getting in my 10,000 steps.
It’s perfectly normal to feel uncertain, anxious or stressed about the pandemic. However, there’s lots of support and advice available in Brighton & Hove to help you with your wellbeing.
It can be overwhelming to know where to look so we’ve put together some suggestions and guidance for local, national and online support that may help support you or your family to look after your wellbeing.
Stay active from home
With so much time being spent indoors, it can be particularly challenging if like me you don’t have much space or access to a garden. It’s okay to go out and get fresh air and exercise once a day with your household. And if you have a garden, it’s a good idea to go outside and enjoy it.
Prioritise your mental wellbeing
It’s important to remember to take care of your mind as well as your body, and to get support if and when you need it.
Having friendships and a strong social support system is important for your mental health and wellbeing, so do keep in touch over the phone or online. But you might also want to switch off from technology and have some time to yourself. Try and do things you enjoy and keep yourself busy with activities such as cooking, reading, online learning and watching films.
While it's normal to feel afraid and lonely at a time like this, worsening mental health could indicate the need for outside help.
Find out more on the supporting your wellbeing pages of the council website.
Everyone is different and it’s important to find ways through this that work for you. Please look after yourself, and if there’s anyone you can reach out to provide practical or emotional support to, please do. Support is there if you think you or someone you know might need it.
Councillor Clare Moonan, chair of the Health & Wellbeing Board
Where to find support
- Information and advice to support your wellbeing. Find information and advice around physical and mental wellbeing, money, relationships, bereavement and more on the supporting your wellbeing pages of the council website.
- Stay active from home. Our Healthy Lifestyles team has shared exercises, tools, tips and challenges to help people of all ages to keep moving while at home.
- Support your mental wellbeing. The NHS Every Mind Matters website can help if you feel low, anxious or stressed.
- Search for further support. If you, or someone you know, is finding things tough right now, whether it's food, money, wellbeing or loneliness, they can search for support on the Covid Brighton & Hove help directory.