Written: 19th March 2020

Updated: 18th May 2020

The UK Government has taken unprecedented measures to keep people safe during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  These measures have resulted in people limiting their social contact and changing their routines, which may have an adverse impact on our mental health and wellbeing. 

It is normal for people to feel apprehensive and anxious during this time, but it's important to take steps to maintain mental health and wellbeing. 

Read tips for being kind to yourself and maintaining wellbeing your wellbeing. Members of the Stuart Low Trust community share their tips for self care.

Allow yourself to feel

Katy, Stuart Low Trust's Friday Evening Host and Mindfulness Practitioner says: 

"Allow yourself to feel natural emotions and reactions to a stressful and difficult situation, be gentle with yourself. Find a way to express this if you can (talk, write, create)."

You can access resources to support your wellbeing and mental health

Exercise lifts your mood 

Gina, Stuart Low Trust's Project Support Officer says:

"Try and do a little bit of exercise every day. To feel great, mix it up between getting moving and stretching your body."

Read tips for maintaining your physical health during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Try to connect with nature

Hannah, Stuart Low Trust's Chief Executive says: 

"Connect with nature as often as you can by going for a walk, sitting by a window look out at a nature space or growing some plants at home."

Read about how you can grow plants at home on our Home Grown page or take a Virtual Nature visit. 

Seek practical help if you need it

Lorna, Stuart Low Trust's Operations and Communications Manager says:

"Lots of people are worried about how to manage their lives at the moment. There is both practical and financial support available at the moment. Find out about the help you may be entitled to and apply for it. 

There is a list of places that you can get support here; there are also some tips to maintain your wellbeing whilst doing this. 

Eat good food

Cici, our Choir Tutor says: 

"I've been enjoying cooking from scratch, making foods that contain lots of fresh fruit and vegetables."

Meditation and breathing

"Stress and anxiety cause our breathing to be shallow and quick, which reduces the amount of oxygen in our blood, making us feel tired, irritable, generally unwell. Sit quietly and comfortably, legs crossed if you can, close your eyes, focus on long, slow, deep, regular inhalations through the nose and out through the mouth. You'll feel more relaxed in no time..."

Katy, Stuart Low Trust's Friday Evening Host and Mindfulness Practitioner has put together a series of short films to support people with meditation and breathing at home: 

Breathing meditation:
Body Scan:
Listening meditation:

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