Arthritis and coronavirus – looking after your emotional wellbeing11 January 2021
As we are continuing to adjust to our different routines, you might be feeling anxious and it may feel harder to take care of your wellbeing.
There’s lots of people looking out for you
- You can call our free helpline on 0800 5200 520 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Mon-Fri 9am – 8pm) and connect with others on our online community
- Public Health England has published this guide with advice on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus crisis.
- If you are having a difficult time you can reach out to expert organisations like Mind and Anxiety UK for emotional support
- Young Minds UK provide mental health advice for children and young people and have specific content about coronavirus and mental health. If you care for others you can contact Carers UK for support.
- If you’re struggling to cope, the Samaritans is a registered charity aimed at providing emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, or at risk of suicide throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland. They've launched a self-help app which you can use to track your mood and make plans to help you stay on track.
Here’s our selection of the best advice from our information and leading wellbeing experts:
Expert wellbeing organisations
We know that getting a good night sleep can be tricky when you live with pain and lack of sleep can lower the body’s ability to cope with pain.
If you’re finding it harder to get quality sleep at the moment, try some simple meditation techniques or an online yoga class might help. Read more about the benefits of meditation, yoga and tai-chi and our sleep top tips.
Try to eat a balanced and healthy diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables. Check our top tips and advice to help make healthy cooking at home a little easier.
If you have a garden and green spaces near you, make time every day to get outside and enjoy some fresh air and natural light, especially if you're working at home. Read more about the benefits of natural sunlight and vitamin D.
Exercise – every little helps
Doing just a small amount of regular exercise can make a big difference to both your physical and mental health and wellbeing. It can boost your mood and help you relax. Try to make exercise a regular part of your day, read how you can stay active with arthritis.
For inspiration on ways to get moving at home go to the We are Undefeatable website. They have ideas ranging from chair exercises, yoga to dancing in your kitchen. Find out how stretching and strengthening exercises can help your arthritis.
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Keep in touch
Feeling connected to other people can boost wellbeing and it’s important to keep in touch with your friends, family and community.
You can choose what works for you whether that’s getting together in a park, a phone call or chat in the garden.
We’re here for you
If you’re feeling isolated from family and friends during these uncertain times, we’re here for you.
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