Wellbeing and staying well
For some people, life is very different since the coronavirus outbreak and staying indoors alone can present both challenges and opportunities. For others, staying in and being alone is part of everyday life and it is possible to develop coping strategies that lessen the impact of isolation. Being alone does not necessarily mean being lonely.
There are resources and organisations available that offer support with your wellbeing if you are feeling isolated.
Here are some of them:
Public Health, in partnership with North London Cares, are delivering a Winter Wellbeing programme for the over 65s from October 2020 to March 2021. The programme is aimed at the over 65s to help them stay warm, safe, active and connected this winter.
Examples of support the programme offers include:
- connecting you to organisations to help keep your home warm and energy bills low
- connecting you to support with practical tasks eg. shopping and prescriptions pick-ups
- arranging small grants and warm items if you are in difficult circumstances
- introducing you to activities for fun and friendship or offer regular phone calls, and
- advice and support if you are in self-isolation or on any issues related to coronavirus.
Age UK Camden offer nine top tips in their guidance, Feeling anxious about coronavirus:
Talk about how you are feeling
Keep on top of the practical things
Do not watch the news all day
Look after yourself physically
Stick to a routine – or make a new one
Try to relax and get enough sleep
Keep an eye on how you are feeling
Look out for each other
The Camden Companion is a downloadable essential guide to healthy living in Camden. It provides a directory of support and services you may wish to consider in Camden to help you stay well and connect with your local community. Note: due to coronavirus, some face to face services may be suspended, so always check the details first with the relevant service or organisation.
Public Health England and Sport England have produced a downloadable guide to being active at home during the coronavirus outbreak.
Gransnet have put together on their website 11 tips for staying positive, How to stay positive in self-isolation.
Information about talking to people and about befriending services is available in the Befriending section on Camden Care Choices.
RecommendMe is a website that lists social events and activities available without leaving the home. Some of these require access to the internet but many do not.
Mind in Camden suggest 11 ways to manage isolation in their guidance Coronavirus and your wellbeing.
There are some very basic needs that contribute to being well that may have become more difficult in isolation such as getting food and shopping, and money and banking. If you need practical support with any of these things you can contact the Camden Social Prescribing Service.
Contact the Camden Social Prescribing Service
Telephone: 0800 193 6067 (the call may not be answered immediately, but if you leave a message someone will get back to you)