Are you worried about COVID-19 restrictions easing?

19 July 2021
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Many Coronavirus restrictions are changing across the UK. Read the latest guidance for England on protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19. There is different guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people living in Scotland, living in Wales and living in Northern Ireland.

We’ll be continually reviewing and updating our content as the COVID-19 situation evolves across the UK and guidance changes over time.

As we continue to adjust to these changes, you might be feeling worried, and it may feel harder to take care of your physical and mental health. Our online community is also a place where you can share any questions with other people living with arthritis.

We know that it can feel more difficult because your risk of catching the virus is affected not just by what you do, but also by what the people around you do.

We are here for you with the latest updates around coronavirus.

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Looking after yourself

Here’s more advice to help support you along the way.

Getting out and about

Whatever you choose to do, make sure that you feel comfortable with your own decisions - that you don’t feel pressured into doing anything you’re uncomfortable with.

  • If you are thinking about socialising and getting out and about, here’s a few things to consider to minimise risk
  • Continue to wear a face mask, wash your hands regularly and continue social distancing
  • Meet people outdoors rather than indoors and spend time with people who have been vaccinated
  • Taking regular rapid covid tests - these are available online and from pharmacies for free.

Be open and honest

Remember, it's up to you to decide what you feel comfortable doing and when, and how often you do it.

Talking and saying what you feel, what you are finding difficult and what support you need, to the people you trust, can help. This could be face to face or written down.

Keep connected

It’s important to keep in touch with your friends, family and community whether that’s via phone, online or face to face.

Try to find a balance between taking sensible precautions and being able to enjoy the things in life that are important to you, such as catching up with a friend or going for a walk.

For example, if you go outside for a walk, try a short walk either alone or with another person. Choose quiet times and keep it brief to start with, taking things slowly can help.

Regular exercise

Doing just a small amount of regular exercise can make a big difference to both your physical and mental health and well-being. It can boost your mood and help you relax.

Making exercise a part of your everyday is a useful way to give structure to your day. Check out our simple exercises to help flexibility and ease pain.

For inspiration on more ways to get moving, from chair exercises, yoga to dancing in your kitchen, go to the We are Undefeatable website.

Getting rest

We know that getting a good night’s sleep can be tricky when you live with pain and lack of sleep can lower the body’s ability to cope with pain. Read more about ways to manage your pain at home.

If you’re finding it harder to get quality sleep at the moment, try some simple breathing techniques or a yoga class.

Choose to do things that soothe you, this might include listening to relaxing music, watching your favourite TV programme or making a cup of tea. As small as it sounds, doing comforting things reduces your stress levels.

Expert wellbeing organisations

If you need further support, the mental health charity, Mind has specific information on managing feelings about lockdown easing.

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