During COVID-19, it’s essential to take care of your mind as well as your body while staying at home.
With many feeling worried, anxious or isolated during these challenging times, Every Mind Matters’ new advice highlights that there are lots of things we can do to look after our mental wellbeing.
The National Health Service have provided their top five tips:
Talk about your worries
It is normal to feel worried, scared or helpless about the current situation. Maintain contact with friends, teammates and family via phone and video calls to share how you are feeling.
@EnglandNetball Roses Academy’s 1st ‘Coffee Break’ this morning with @Jodiegibsonx 🌹Chatted all things PhotoShoots 📸 Gold Medal 🥇 Rehab 🏋🏽♀️ and well-being ☀️ Favourite quotes 🙅🏾♀️ and Nando’s Chicken 🍗 #StayingConnected 🌹☕️☕️☕️ pic.twitter.com/BGjQSzJkMv
— Sheonah Forbes (@sheonahforbes) April 24, 2020
Look after your body
Our physical health has a big impact on how we feel. At times like these it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour that end up making you feel worse. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and exercise regularly. You can leave your house, alone or with members of your household, for one form of exercise a day – like a walk, run or bike ride. But make sure you keep a safe two-metre distance from others.
Join Nina, Luca and Roman from LRG Fitness for a family-friendly workout you can do together at home 🏠LRG Fitness are also currently offering a discount to their annual membership by reducing it to just £19.99 🙌England Netball members will have received an email with their exclusive access code 📧Find out more and sign up 👉 https://lrgfitness.com/netballmembershipondemand
Posted by England Netball on Wednesday, April 22, 2020
LRG Fitness are currently offering a discount to their annual membership by reducing it to just £19.99. England Netball members will have received an email with their exclusive access code.
— Stay In Work Out (@StayInWorkOut) April 27, 2020
Join the Movement is a brand-new Sport England campaign, funded by The National Lottery, encouraging everyone to ‘Stay In, Work Out’ and giving you the advice and tools you need to help you do this while the country deals with the coronavirus outbreak.
Vitality Rose Yasmin Parsons has been offering some healthy recipe inspiration in her weekly series, Yasmin’s Kitchen. She also recently took on the Jaffa 3 Course Challenge with the starter, main and dessert all including easy peelers!
Do things you enjoy and try something new
Focusing on your favourite hobby, learning something new or simply taking time to relax indoors should give you some relief from anxious thoughts and feelings and can help boost your mood.
As part of a weekly series in partnership with Gilbert, a number of Vitality Roses are demonstrating their favourite stay at home drills so you can continue to #TakeNetballHome. Gilbert are also offering a 15% discount on a selected range of home training equipment to help the Netball Family stay active.
Keep a regular routine and set goals
You may need to set a new routine for now. Try writing a plan for your day with the things you can still do at home, such as watching a film, reading a book or completing a puzzle. Setting goals and achieving them gives a sense of control and purpose. Maintaining good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how you feel mentally and physically too, so it’s important to get enough (the Every Mind Matters sleep page provides practical advice).
From drawing ✏️ to dancing 💃 to doing something friendly 🤗, there are 12 #BeeAtHome activities to keep your U11s busy bees!
— England Netball (at 🏡) (@EnglandNetball) April 28, 2020
The Bee@Home programme for under 11s has launched so Bee Netballers can keep a regular routine by continuing to play at home or in the garden. A host of resources from colouring in sheets to skill challenges are available to keep children across the country busy.
Manage your media and information intake
If 24-hour news and constant social media updates are making you worried, try to limit the time you spend watching, reading or listening to coverage of the outbreak to once or twice a day.
You can view these and more tips on Every Mind Matters.