Coping during the pandemic
The Recovery College Online has developed for a free online course for everyone in response to the recent global pandemic. There is information about how to avoid catching/spreading the virus, what immediate feelings you may have and common reactions, managing your mental health at this time, managing isolation and social distancing, self-care, supporting children and young people and some accessible information.
Taking care of oneself – easing pain through compassion
Strong and difficult emotions in each of us are very tricky to deal with, add in pain and these times of living with COVID = tough and distressful. Learning more about ways to be kind, soothing and supportive to oneself can be valuable. Chris Germer and Kristin Neff are guiding many people with a range of emotional and physical pain to find out more about compassion. They share some practical ways that may help you to live easier with pain from moment to moment. https://centerformsc.org/10-self-compassion-practices-for-covid-19/
Staying active and healthy
As more of us are self-isolating at home, keeping physically active has never been more important. Here are some trusted websites offering help and ideas on keeping active and fit through these difficult times:
NHS Fitness Studio
A wealth of exercise videos for people of all levels of fitness and ability from the NHS:
CSP (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy)
Some really useful exercise videos for people with particular types of pain and various conditions:
Also from CSP – Falls Prevention Exercises ‘Get up and Go’. This video is aimed at older adults but is also useful for anyone having to limit walking / outdoor activities:
Some useful ideas and advice from Sport England – quite vigorous but worth a try!
Sound advice for maintaining good physical and mental health while self-isolating in the home, with links to a variety of online resources:
The Body Coach
Over 250 online fitness videos aimed at different ages and levels, including seniors and children:
… and finally
Watch this sobering short film, made staff from the Respiratory Team at Belfast Trust, with one simple message: stay at home to save lives.
Click to watch