Be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts, feelings and your physical body and the world around you. Some people call this "mindfulness". It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges. During difficult times it can be hard to focus on the positives. Take some time to remember what you are grateful for. It may help to write this down.
Stop smoking support
Smoking affects the immune system in the airways, lung tissue and throughout the body. This reduces your natural protection again infections, like coronavirus.
This means that if you smoke:
you have an increased risk of getting acute respiratory infections
you have a greater risk of the infection lasting longer
you have a greater risk of the infection being more serious than it would be for someone who does not smoke
If you smoke and are self-isolating, please do so outdoors away from others and open windows. For further advice visit NHS: Second hand smoke.
For more information and support to quit, call 0191 424 7300 or visit Stop smoking.
If you're struggling to cope
Regardless of whether you are physically separated from people, you should never feel like you are lacking support. There are people who would love to hear from you and trained volunteers are there to listen.
If things get too hard for you to deal with:
Talk to trusted friends and family, don't bottle things up.
Seek help from the professionals at one of the mental health and wellbeing services that are available. Or call the Samaritans free on 116123
For specific information and advice on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic, visit: