Stay Happy

This page focuses on ways to look after our wellbeing whilst at home, whether this is by finding ways to manage stress or anxiety, staying connected with friends and family, or simply by keeping busy.

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Look after your wellbeing

Staying connected

Keeping busy

Look After Your Wellbeing

It’s natural to feel worried or anxious under the current circumstances, but there are ways to feel more in control of your mental wellbeing. One way to do this is by focusing on what we can control.

We can control:

  • Washing our hands frequently for 20 seconds
  • Not touching our faces with unclean hands
  • Avoiding all non-essential travel or shopping
  • Getting plenty of sleep
  • Where we choose to get our news from
  • Turning off the news or the radio if we’re feeling anxious

We can’t control:

  • Other people’s actions
  • How long this goes on for

Anxiety may also arise from not knowing how to access essentials such as food or medication. Putting practical measures in place to make sure you still access these essentials can help to feel more in control. Visit our Stay Independent page for advice.

Stay Independent

Talk about your feelings

It’s important to talk to family and friends about how you’re feeling and you never know, they may benefit from a listening ear as well. However, if you find it hard to talk to your loved ones about your worries, you may be interested in the following helplines that you can call for confidential support if you’re feeling anxious, depressed, or even just a little bit down:

If you live in Hertfordshire, local support is available from Herts Mind Network (0203 727 3600) or the Herts Wellbeing Service (0300 777 0707)

If you live outside of Hertfordshire, or if you’re looking for a specific type of support, click the link below for the NHS directory of national helplines to find the right one for you:

NHS Helpline Directory

There are also some great online resources with advice for looking after your mental wellbeing at home:

NHS Every Mind Matters AgeUK Online course for overcoming anxiety

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Staying Connected

Social distancing doesn’t need to mean social isolation, There’s a vast range of technology that can help people stay connected nowadays, but a simple phone call can often do the trick. Scheduling regular phone calls can provide reassurance that you’ll speak to loved ones on a regular basis. This might also present a good opportunity to reconnect with people you haven’t spoken to in a while.

  • Did you know that you don’t need video call, or even the internet, to call multiple people at once? WHYPAY offers telephone conference calls free of charge. Visit their website, or call 033 3443 3366 for more information.
WHYPAY?
  • InCommonLiving provides activities that help different generations connect over the phone. They release a new set of activities every week, so there’s always something new to try.
InCommonLiving
  • Another great way to connect is by playing Better with Age, a reflective, storytelling card game that can help you ask questions to learn more about your loved one’s life. A shorter version of the game can be downloaded here and played by people of all ages over the phone. To find out more, head to their website:
Better with Age Game

New Friendships

If you would like to make a new connection, Silverline is a wonderful charity offering free, confidential telephone support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They can offer telephone friendship where they can match you with a volunteer, based on your common interests. They can also facilitate group calls to help connect you with others, or can provide emotional support, or information about local services. T: 0800 470 8090.

Silverline

Finding the tools to help you stay connected

Having access to the internet can help people stay connected with friends and families. It can also help with practicalities like ordering shopping or medication. If you haven’t used the internet before, this can seem daunting at first but the resources below might help you find your feet more easily.

Getting started onlineMaking video calls

AbilityNet is a charity which helps people get started online with remote IT support provided by volunteers. You can call them on: 0800 269 545 or go to their site for more information about their services:

AbilityNet IT Support

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Keeping Busy

Without regular distractions, the mind can easily drift and focus on worries. It’s important to keep busy at home so here are some top tips:

  • A great way to keep busy, and look after your health, is to do some at-home exercises. Our Active Ageing team have developed follow-along videos that you can watch each week. You can find these on our Stay Healthy page, as well as other resources that may help you stay active at home.
  • It’s also important to keep our brains active. Why not head over to our Activities and Resources page to have a go at puzzles, word searches, and more? You can also find printable puzzle books by clicking the links below:
Puzzles More Puzzles Even More Puzzles!

  • A great way to focus the mind is try some simple meditation techniques. Our Active Ageing team have developed a guide for meditating which will just take a few minutes but can leave you feeling calm and relaxed:
Meditation techniques
  • For people living with dementia, Alzheimers Society have some great resources to help you manage, and keep occupied while at home:
Activity ideas for people living with dementia

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