Source: Public Health England

The Government has issued a series of practical considerations to assist with handling the boredom, frustration or loneliness you might be feeling during these unusual and uncertain times, some of which are summarised here for your convenience:

Think about how you stay in touch

Keeping up with people you trust is important for your mental wellbeing.  Consider touching base with friends and family via telephone, video calls or social media instead of meeting in person.

Help and support others

How can you help those around you?  It could make a big difference to them, and may help you to feel better too.

Talk about your worries

It's not unusual to feel worried, scared or helpless about the current situation.  Remember that this is a difficult time for everyone.  Sharing how you are feeling and the things you are doing to cope with family and friends can help them too.

Looking for more?  Check out the NHS Recommended Helplines.

Look after your physical wellbeing

It can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour which, in turn, can make you feel worse.  Try to eat healthily, drink enough water, exercise inside where possible (and outside once a day, with members of your household, provided you keep more than 2m from anyone else).  Try to avoid smoking, alcohol and drugs.

Looking for more?  Free 10-minute work outs from Public Health England or exercise videos from NHS Fitness Studio.

Look after your sleep

Good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how you feel mentally and physically, so it;'s important to get enough.  Try to avoid screens before bed, cut back on caffeine and do your best to create a restful environment.

Looking for more?  The Every Mind Matters sleep page provides further practical advice on how to improve your sleep.

Try to manage difficult feelings

News about Covid-19 can be distressing.  Some people may experience such anxiety that it becomes a problem.  Try to concentrate on the things you can control, including where you get information from, and actions to make yourself feel better prepared.

Looking for more?  Every Mind Matters have a useful page on anxiety, and the NHS also provides Mental Wellbeing audio guides.

Manage your media and information intake

24-hour news and constant social media updates can make you more worried.  Try to limit the time you spend watching, reading or listening to media coverage of the outbreak.  It may help to only check the news at set times or limiting to a couple of checks a day.

Looking for more?  Our Coronavirus Hub contains only primary-source material and is updated regularly with the latest Government information.  If you would like to receive a WhatsApp when there are urgent updates, you can join the group here: Coronavirus WhatsApp Notifications.

Get the facts

Gather high-quality information that will help you accurately determine your own or other people's risk of contracting Coronavirus (Covid-19) so that you can take reasonable precautions.  Find a credible source you can trust, such as GOV.UK or the NHS Website and fact-check information you get from newsfeeds, social media or other people.

Think about how possibly-inaccurate information could affect others too.  Try not to share information without fact-checking against credible sources.

Think about your new daily routine

Whether you are staying at home or social distancing, you are likely to see some disruption to your normal routine.

Think about how you can adapt and create positive new routines.  Try to engage in useful activities (such as cooking, cleaning or exercise) or meaningful activities (such as calling a friend, or reading).  You might find it helpful to write a plan for your day or week.

Do things you enjoy

Focus on your favourite hobby, try something new, or simply take time to relax in the house.  If you can't do the things you normally do because you are staying at home, might you be able to adapt them?  There are lots of free tutorials and courses online and people are coming up with innovative solutions every day.

Set goals

Setting goals and achieving them gives a sense of purpose.  Think about things you want or need to do that you can still do at home.

Get outside, or bring nature in

If you can, get outside once a day and spend some time in a green space.  If you can't get outside, you can still try to get the positive effects by spending time with windows open to let in fresh air, arranging a space to sit and get some natural sunlight, or getting out in the garden.