Staying at home and arthritis23 March 2020
Updated: 9 November 2020
Many people are continuing to stay at home to protect themselves or others. People over 70, people who are pregnant, and people with long-term health conditions, such as those who are told to get the flu jab each year by their doctor, should take extra care.
For more detailed information and definitions of the different 'vulnerable' groups read Arthritis and COVID-19 - what are the risks?
Find out more about what you can and can't do during this time on the Gov UK website.
Please note, this guidance applies to England only. People in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland should follow the information given below.
What can we do?
We know that self-distancing and self-isolation may impact on people’s mood – you might feel low or anxious.
Here’s our advice on what you can do to help each other.
It's likely you will be seeing less of your friends, family and loved ones. Whilst there will be less face to face contact, you can still keep connected with friends, neighbours and loved ones through phone calls, social media and email.
Learn more about the ways you can look after your wellbeing.
It’s good to talk
If you’re worried about your arthritis and coronavirus and want to chat to someone, call our helpline or visit our online community and talk to other people.
Our community is a safe online space where you’ll find useful information about living with arthritis. This includes recent conversations from members on sharing food preparation and cooking ideas.
Why not get online to see what exercise options you can do from the comfort of your front room. There’s lots of choices out there from yoga, Pilates to chair-based sessions. Find what suits your interest and ability.
Let's Move with Leon
Let’s Move with Leon is a free exercise programme from Versus Arthritis featuring weekly 30-minute movement sessions delivered to your email inbox. You can sign up here, and they will be there to support you every step of the way.
Start a new hobby
Hobbies can be great ways of learning a new skill.
If you have always wanted to learn a language or start meditating, why not watch some videos on YouTube or download some free podcasts to guide you through the basics.
Write a ‘therapeutic’ to do list
There are always those jobs that you keep meaning to do if only you had the time.
Give yourself an opportunity to write your top 5 down. They can be anything big or small, from taking a leisurely bath, getting creative, writing a poem, reading more books or sorting out photos.
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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