Advice to Make the Best of Staying at Home

Five Top Tips

1. Make Plans

Work out how you can get any household supplies you need. You could try asking Avon Dassett Covid-19  Support Group or see a list of shops that will deliver to Avon Dassett. If you need regular medicine, you might be able to order repeat prescriptions by phone, or online via a website or app. Contact your GP 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 out while you are staying at home. Let your local authority know if you provide care or support someone you do not live with. Carers UK has further advice on creating a contingency plan.

If you are home schooling, contact the Avon Dassett group of teachers and educational psychologist for advice or some online tuition. There’s plenty of advice and activities online including National Geographic, STEM at Home (computing, robotics, coding etc) Chester Zoo, Joe Wicks live PE, Carol Vorderman’s online maths and stories from David Walliams.

2. Stay connected with others

Maintaining healthy relationships with people you trust is important for your mental wellbeing. Think about how you can stay in touch with friends and family while you are all staying at home – by phone, messaging, video calls or social media – whether it’s people you usually see often, or connecting with old friends.

Lots of people are finding the current situation difficult, so staying in touch could help them too.

3. Look after your body

Eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and exercise regularly. Avoid smoking or drugs, and try not to drink too much alcohol.

You can leave your house, alone or with members of your household, for 1 form of exercise a day – like a walk, run or bike ride. But make you keep a safe 2-metre distance from others.

4. Carry on doing things you enjoy

Focus on your favourite 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, like hosting online pub quizzes and music concerts. See this list of online resources which includes everything from gardening to virtual tours:

5. Plan a new daily routine

Life is changing for a while and you are likely to see some disruption to your normal routine. Think about how you can adapt and create positive new routines and set yourself goals.

You might find it helpful to write a plan for your day or your week. If you are 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 and relax.