Mental health and emotional wellbeing

Naturally, you may be feeling worried or anxious due to the unprecedented challenges we are facing.

You may find your mood and feelings are affected and you may feel low, worried or have problems sleeping. You might miss being outside with other people if you are social distancing or self-isolating.

At times like these, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour which, in turn, can make you feel worse.

There are simple things you can do that may help, to stay mentally and physically active during this time such as:

  • Look for ideas of exercises you can do at home on the NHS website.
  • Spend time doing things you enjoy when you have time – this might include reading, cooking, other indoor hobbies or listening to or watching favourite radio or TV programmes.
  • Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water, regularly exercise and try to avoid smoking, alcohol and drugs.
  • Keep your windows open to let in fresh air, get some natural sunlight if you can or get outside into the garden. You can also go for a walk outdoors if you stay more than two metres away from others.

Further information on looking after your mental health during this time is available below:

If you are feeling worried about what impact self-isolation and social distancing may have on your life, there is a Coronavirus financial help and rights guide available by Martin Lewis. This includes advice about sick pay, mortgages, rental help, energy top-ups, cancelled events and more from Martin Lewis at

Live Well Kent is a local online and telephone support service offering guidance and advice about mental and physical health.

Mental health advice for young people

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust

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