How To Look After Yourself And Others During The Lockdown

Apr 9, 2020 | All posts, Relevant news and stories

Age UK has released an information guide on how to look after yourself and others during the lockdown.

The thought of not being able to go out and about, see friends and family and go about your day-to-day life as normal can be unsettling.

You might be anxious about the thought of staying indoors and not sure what you’re going to do. That’s perfectly natural. But it’s more important than ever to look after yourself, physically and mentally, and the guide got some suggestions for how you can do this:

  • Stay connected: If you have a mobile phone or computer, now’s a great time to make the most of video calls and messages. Why not give it a go, even if you’re not a dab hand with technology? Skype, Whatsapp and Facetime all let you make video calls.

  • Maintain your routines: As much as you can, it’s a good idea to keep doing what you did before. Not only does routine help us stay in control, but it’s also a comfort to keep doing the things we’re used to. You might have to adapt your routine a bit, or even come up with a new one entirely. But there are plenty of things you can still do. It might also be the perfect time to take up a new hobby.

  • Be as active as you can: If you can’t get out and about, it can be easy to find yourself sitting down more than usual. But there are ways you can still stay active at home or in the garden, such as chair exercises (there are plenty of these online) or even dancing around the living room to your favourite song. What each person can or can’t do will differ, but what’s important is to do what you can.

  • Look after your health: Still try to eat and drink the right things. It can be a little trickier in terms of shopping but do what you can to eat well. Avoid drinking too much or smoking and get some fresh air whenever you can, even if it’s just popping your head out of the window. It’s also a good opportunity to make the most of getting a good rest and maintaining a healthy sleeping pattern.

  • Talk about how you’re feeling: With everything going on, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. You might have days where you cope with it better than others. That’s OK and perfectly natural. You won’t be alone in feeling that way, and it’s important to talk about it.

  • Think about scams: Unfortunately, while lots of people are offering their help and support, some are taking advantage of everything going on. If someone you don’t know offers help, you don’t have to accept it if you think it might not be genuine. If someone claims to be from a recognised organisation, don’t be afraid to ask for proof and never hand over money to someone you don’t know.

Access the entire guide here.