Staying Indoors? Helpful wellbeing ideas!
Plan for staying at home or indoors:
If you’ve chosen or been asked to stay at home and avoid other people, it might feel more difficult than usual to take care of your mental health and wellbeing. Here is a check-list and some helpful hints to help you enjoy your times indoors!
Checklist: are you ready to stay at home for two weeks?
- Food: do you have a way to get food delivered?
- Cleaning: are your cleaning supplies stocked up?
- Money: can you budget for any higher bills or expenses? Will you save money from lower transport costs that you could spend elsewhere?
- Work: can you work from home or not? If not, what are your rights to payment or benefits?
- Medication: do you have enough medication, or a way to get more?
- Health: can you reorganise any planned therapy or treatments?
- Commitments: can someone else help you care for any dependents, walk your dog, or take care of any other commitments?
- Connectivity: have you checked the contact details of the people you see regularly, like their phone numbers or email addresses?
- Routine: can you create a routine or timetable for yourself? And if you live with other people, should you create a household schedule? Do you need to agree how the household will run with everyone at home all day?
- Exercise: is there any physical activity you can do inside your home, such as going up and down the stairs, using bean tins as weights, or exercises you can do in your chair?
- Nature: have you thought how you could access nature? Can you get some seeds and planting equipment, houseplants or living herbs?
- Entertainment: have you thought about things to do, books to read or TV shows to watch?
- Relax: have you got materials so you can do something creative, such as paper and colouring pencils?
- Eat well and stay hydrated: Think about your diet and water intake
- Keep your room clean and tidy: This will help to stop germs
- Continue taking any prescribed medication: If undertaking treatment, find out if alternative appointments via phone or email is an option.
- Decide on a routine: Plan how you will spend your time
- Connect with people: Make plans to video-chat or arrange phone calls
- Keep active: You may not have exercise equipment, but can do seated or standing activities
- Keep your mind stimulated: Read books, articles or watch videos; or be creative with art and crafts!
- Take care with news and information: Stay up to date through reliable sources. If you find it is making you anxious, think about limiting time spent on this activity
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