Last updated on October 20th, 2022 at 07:47 am
A Guide to Being Safe During A Pandemic
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Stay at home stay safe is a guide on how to stay safe during a pandemic. This guide will provide you with tips and guidelines on what to do if you are quarantined, how to keep your house clean, and how to avoid getting.
Stay at Home Stay Safe
Taking care of your mind and your body is really important if you need to stay at home or you are shielding because of coronavirus (COVID-19). You may feel bored, frustrated, or lonely. You may also be low, worried or anxious, or concerned about your finances, your health, or those close to you.
It’s important to remember that it’s OK to feel this way, and that everyone reacts differently. Remember, for most of us, these feelings will pass. Staying at home may be difficult, but you’re helping to protect yourself and others by doing it. The tips and advice here are things you can do now to help you keep on top of your mental wellbeing and cope with how you may feel if you’re staying at home. Make sure you get further support if you feel you need it.
12 Ways to Stay Safe During Pandemic
The government of India also has wider information on the corona-virus pandemic and guidelines for staying at home.
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Find out about your employment and benefits rights
You may be worried about work and money while you have to stay home. These issues can have a big effect on your mental health. If you have not already, talk with your employer. Find out about government support for businesses and self-employed people and understand your sick pay and benefits rights. Knowing the details about what the coronavirus outbreak means for you can reduce worry and help you feel more in control.
Plan practical things
If you’re unable to get to the shops, work out how you can get any household supplies you need. You could try asking neighbors or family friends, or find a delivery service. Continue accessing treatment and support for any existing physical or mental health problems where possible. Let services know you are staying at home and discuss how to continue receiving support.
If you need regular medicine, you might order repeat prescriptions by phone or online via a website or app. Contact your nearest doctor or clinic and ask if they offer this. You can also ask your pharmacy about getting your medicine delivered, or ask someone else to collect it for you. If you support or care for others, either in your home or by visiting them regularly, think about who can help while you are staying at home.
Stay connected with others
Maintaining healthy relationships with people you trust is important for your mental well-being. Think about how you can stay in touch with friends and family if you or they need to stay at home by phone, messaging, video calls or social media, whether it’s people you usually saw often, or reconnecting with old friends. Don’t forget to keep lesser screen time.
Talk about your worries
It’s normal to feel worried, scared or helpless about the current situation. Remember: it is OK to share your concerns with others you trust and doing so may help them too. If you cannot speak to someone you know or if doing so has not helped, there are plenty of helplines you can try instead.
Look after your body
Our physical health has a big impact on how we feel. Like these, it’s easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behavior that end up making you feel worse. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and exercise regularly. Avoid smoking or drugs, and try not to drink too much alcohol. Going for a walk, run or bike ride is a great way to lift your mood and clear your head. Just make you stay at least 2 metres apart from others.
Stay on top of hard feelings
Concern about the coronavirus outbreak is perfectly normal. However, some people may experience intense anxiety that can affect their day-to-day life. Try to focus on the things you can control, such as how you act, who you speak to, and where you get information from. It’s fine to acknowledge that some things are outside of your control, but if constant thoughts about the situation are making you feel anxious or overwhelmed, try some good ideas to help manage your anxiety.
Do not stay glued to the news
Try to limit the time you spend watching, reading or listening to coverage of the outbreak, including on social media, and think about turning off breaking-news alerts on your phone. You could set yourself a specific time to read updates or limit yourself to checking twice a day. Use trustworthy sources and fact-check information from the news, social media or other people.
Carry on doing things you enjoy
If we are feeling worried, anxious, lonely or low, you may stop doing things you usually enjoy. Attempt to focus on your favorite hobby if it is something you can still do at home. If not, picking something new to learn at home might help. There are lots of free tutorials and courses online, and people are coming up with inventive ways to do things.
This can help with difficult emotions and worries, and improve our wellbeing. Relaxation techniques can also help deal with feelings of anxiety. Talk to your family doctor and yoga teacher to practice relaxation techniques.
Think about your new daily routine
Life is changing for a while and it’s likely your normal routine has been disrupted. Think about how you can adapt and create positive new routines and set your goals. You might find it helpful to write a plan for your day or your week.
If you’re working from home, try to get up and get ready in the same way as normal, keep to the same hours you would normally work and stick to the same sleeping schedule. You could set a new time for a daily home workout, and pick a regular time to clean, read, watch a TV programme or film, or cook.
Look after your sleep
Good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how we feel, so it’s important to get enough. Try to maintain your regular sleeping pattern and stick to good sleep practices.
Keep your mind active
Read, write, play games, do crosswords, complete sudoku puzzles, finish jigsaws, or try drawing and painting. Whatever it is, find something that works for you.
Stay at Home and Stay Safe
There are plenty of things you can do and places to get more help and support if you are struggling with your mental health. Remember, it’s quite common to experience short-lived physical symptoms when you are low or anxious. Some of these, like feeling hot or short of breath, could be confused with symptoms of coronavirus.
If this happens, try to distract yourself. When you feel less anxious, see if you still have the symptoms that worried you. If you’re still concerned, visit the nearest coronavirus help desk set by local Govt authorities. Stay at home be safe…
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