Taking good care of yourself

While you are staying at home, it is important to take care of your mind as well as your body. Here are some tips on things you can do to keep on top of your mental wellbeing.


  1. Find out about your employment and benefit rights – find out about sick pay and benefits, and speak with your employer about working from home
  2. Plan practical things – work out how you can get shopping and essentials, as well as how you can support family members
  3. Stay connected with others – think about different ways to keep in touch with friends and family
  4. Talk about your worries – talk to someone you trust if you’re feeling worried or scared
  5. Look after your body – try to eat healthily, including eating five fruit and vegetables a day. Drink plenty of water. Remember, you can leave your house for a walk, run, or bike ride to get your daily exercise
  6. Stay on top of difficult feelings – try to focus on the things you can control, rather than worry about the things you can’t control.
  7. Don’t stay glued to the news – limit the time you spend watching, reading or listening to the coverage of the outbreak. Make sure you’re getting information from reliable sources
  8. Carry on doing things you enjoy – focus on things you enjoy doing, or pick something new to learn at home
  9. Take time to relax – relaxation techniques such as meditation can help deal with feelings of anxiety
  10. Think about your new daily routine – write a plan for your day or week to help create a positive new routine or set yourself goals
  11. Look after your sleep – getting a good night’s sleep will make a big difference to how you feel
  12. Keep your mind active – try reading, writing, playing card games, or doing crosswords or Sudoku puzzles. Whatever it is, try to keep your mind active


For more information, read the NHS’s tips for staying at home


Quit smoking!

If you smoke, then quitting is an important way that you can reduce the risks to your health in the event of getting coronavirus.


For help and advice on quitting smoking, call 0800 169 9913 or visit the Stop Smoking Sunderland website. You can also find helpful NHS tips here.


Useful contacts

  • Mental Health Initial Response Team: 0303 123 1145
  • Sunderland Royal Hospital: 0191 565 6256
  • Childline (wellbeing support for young people) 0800 11 11
  • Kooth – mental health support for young people
  • 24 hour domestic abuse helpline: 0800 066 5555
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 200 0247
  • Citizens Advice Bureau Advice Line: 0300 330 1194
  • Samaritans or 116 123
  • Age Concern Sunderland: 0191 514 1131
  • The Silver Line (helpline for older people): 0800 470 80 90