Isolation Ideas:

It is a challenging time for all at the moment but also an odd time to be a social prescriber.  With so many people undertaking social isolation and social distancing many groups which you might rely on or which I might want to introduce you to will be not operating as normal.  The World Health Organisation produced a document which has a relevant section on social isolation which I have reproduced below.  I have created a list of resources which might be helpful to keep your mind and body active during this time.


Lee

Social Prescriber

World Health Organisation advice on Social Isolation:

  • Stay connected and maintain your social networks. Even when isolated, try as much as possible to keep your personal daily routines or create new routines. If health authorities have recommended limiting your physical social contact to contain the outbreak, you can stay connected via e-mail, social media, video conference and telephone.
  • During times of stress, pay attention to your own needs and feelings. Engage in healthy activities that you enjoy and find relaxing. Exercise regularly, keep regular sleep routines and eat healthy food. Keep things in perspective. Public health agencies and experts in all countries are working on the outbreak to ensure the availability of the best care to those affected,
  • A near-constant stream of news reports about an outbreak can cause anyone to feel anxious or distressed. Seek information updates and practical guidance at specific times during the day from health professionals and WHO website and avoid listening to or following rumours that make you feel uncomfortable.

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Mental Wellbeing:

"We're MIND the mental health charity.  We won't give up until everyone experiemncing a mental health problem gets both support and respect."

"Looking after your mental health.  Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. There are simple things we can all do to look after our mental health and wellbeing – take our quiz to get started today with a free plan, expert advice and practical tips."

Information on Coronavirus from Mencap - the voice of learning disability

"Prevention is at the heart of our work in mental health"

"Stress less. Move more. Sleep soundly." Currently you can try for free.

Some free mindfullness resources.

Education:

"Start learning with the UK's #1. Courses from the best known names in recruitment ."

"Is coronavirus affecting your education or work? Explore online courses to continue studying, build professional skills and connect with experts."

"TED - Ideas worth spreading"

"Explore your creativity. Join Skillshare to watch, play, learn, make and discover." 2 months free membership available.

"These 12 famous museums offer virtual tours you can take from your couch."

Entertainment:

"Google Podcasts: Discover free & trending podcasts."

"Free public domain audiobooks"

"Download and listen to the world's best strorytelling. Enjoy audiobooks, original series and more on the free app." 30 day free trial available.

Local Connection:

"Manage your care and wellbeing, stay independent and connect to your community."

"A passionate charity that seeks to improve the quality of life for people and communities living in the New Forest District and surrounding districts."

Home Fitness & Weight loss:

20 minute chair exercises sitting down workout - "seated exercises for seniors, elderly and everyone else."

Positive Online Weight Reduction: "The POWeR programme will help you to learn about scientifically proven tools that will helpyou to lose weight long-term." For those with a BMI of 25 or over.

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