Coronavirus: health and wellbeing support
There are lots of ways to take care of your health and wellbeing during this time. Please see below some advice and guidance. Remember if you are unwell you can still get advice and support from the NHS.
A well balanced healthy diet can help you feel your best and support your immune system. Eating a wide variety of foods whether fresh or frozen and drinking plenty of fluids will all contribute to a healthy diet. See our list of resources below.
- Change4life has a great selection of recipes, food swaps and activities to get everyone moving
Check out the NHS's key guides:
- Eat well guide has information on balanced diets and food groups
- 8 practical tips for healthy eating guide includes advice on cutting down on saturated fat, sugar and salt
- Water, drinks and your health guide has tips on healthier drink choices
- 5 a day: what counts? give you information on ways to get more fruit and vegetable in your diet, as well as what counts as a portion
If you have been spending a lot of time indoors or covered up when outside, you may not be getting enough vitamin D. We need vitamin D to absorb minerals from our diet and maintain healthy bones, teeth and muscles. You can increase your intake by:
- spending time in direct sunlight
- eating foods rich in vitamin D such as oily fish, red meat and eggs
- taking a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of vitamin D. These can be found in supermarkets, pharmacies and online
You can find more information on the NHS's guide to vitamin D
Physical activity can help improve your physical and mental wellbeing. It can be as simple as going for a walk or a cycle or you can get great work out at home. See our list of resources below:
- Public Health England has easy ten minute work outs
- The NHS Fitness Studio has a variety of exercise videos available, from pilates and yoga to aerobics and strength exercises. They also provide advice for getting active with a disability
- Sport England has tips for keeping active at home
It is important that we take care of out mental wellbeing as we do our physical health during this time. You can find advice and support on our mental health support page.