During these difficult times it is important that we endeavour to do all that we can to maintain our health and wellbeing. In addition to the important things that we must do there are many things that we can do to help ourselves stay well.
The Healthy Somerset website has good information on staying healthy, happy and safe during the pandemic.
Below you will find further useful information, guidance and links.
Care of mind and body
Research shows that our minds and bodies are very much interconnected and looking after both is key to our health and wellbeing.
Taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important while staying at home during the coronavirus crisis.
If you have access to open spaces taking a short walk can be good for both your physical and mental wellbeing.
Online activities to keep fit and active
For those not fortunate to have an outside space or unable to go outside there are a variety of online accessible activities to choose from.
Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) have collated a range of online activities from across the county. These activities are fully inclusive and divided into various sections to suit all demographics and choices around activity. Find online activities here.
Information for older people about staying safe and well
Somerset Age UK
Ordering repeat prescriptions
You can order repeat prescriptions online, without needing to go to a GP surgery or pharmacy. You can also ask your pharmacy about getting your medicine delivered to your home, rather than needing to collect it.
You can order repeat prescriptions using:
- The NHS App
- GP online services
- other online pharmacies
Emergency dental appointments
Emergency Dentist Somerset: 01458 840033 or 07960 011879. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you think you need urgent dental treatment:
- call your dentist
- use the NHS 111 online service
They can give you advice, help you contact an urgent dental service or arrange treatment if needed.
How to look after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak
Mental Health Foundation
The Mental Health Foundation have brought together a number of resources if you are struggling with the continued pressure of Covid, working from home or isolation. Please take the time to have a look at the resources, its always ok to not be ok.
Mind – for better mental health
If you feel it would help to talk to someone please phone Mindline.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9am – 11pm and Saturday to Sunday 8pm – 11pm
Phone: 01823 276 892
Information for older people about mental health matters
Somerset Age UK
During difficult times even people who generally sleep well may struggle to obtain a good nights sleep.
Research tells us that healthy sleep is important for immune function and well-being. Sleep is restorative.
For useful information and tips about sleep click on the following links:
How to sleep better (The Mental Health Foundation)
Stress, anxiety and depression can all have an impact on the quality of our sleep. Practising mindfulness before you go to bed can help with sleep. You can find NHS guidelines on mindfulness here.
Further mental health information for everyone
A new practical resource “Every Mind Matters” has been created to help you discover simple steps to look after your mental health.
Shared reading during lockdown
“Why we sleep” by Mathew Walker
E and Audio books
Reading Well – poster 1
Reading Well – poster 2
To find the book that you would like, click on the following link and follow the instructions: eAudiobooks
Things that can help
- Find out about fun and inspirational ways to learn or practice a creative hobby (link to good news)
- Stay in touch with others
- Relax your mind and body – try a simple breathing exercise from Julie
- Listen to your favourite music
- Take a moment to notice your surroundings
- Find useful information and resources from “Headspace” out about how guided meditation might be able to help you
- Find out more about Mindfulness
- Notice what you notice
- Try out the happiness calendar
- Find out more about Action for Happiness