Lockdown 3 – resources for Wellbeing

Continuing on from last weeks resource post, and with today being ‘Blue Monday’, we wanted to collate information regarding to wellbeing. We know this time of year can be particularly difficult, especially with lockdown too.

As usual please find links to information here:

  • Government advice here
  • Brighton and Hove Council advice here
  • Healthwatch information here

Local Covid Support:

For Covid related support locally please visit https://covidbrightonhove.org.uk/ : Their website has information and support regarding covid testing, food banks , collecting medicine , rent etc.

Wellbeing in Lockdown:

  • Mind – for info regarding coronavirus and wellbeing Mind have a post containing tips, and also lots of links to support if needed.
  • Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service – If you are worried about your own or someone elses’ mental health you can self refer via the website.
  • How to Manage Anxiety in Face of a Global Pandemic Podcast with Dr Judson Brewer – This podcast ,with Dr Chatterjee interviewing Dr Judson Brewer, recorded in the first lockdown is still as relevant and useful now. Also Dr Chatterjee has lots of other podcast which may be very helpful in this time.
  • Ageing Well – for those aged 50 plus across Brighton and Hove. Lots of services to help your needs alongside supporting physical and emotional health. They also produce downloadable activity packs.
  • Headspace – currently offering free subscription to NHS staff and  teachers / educators, and free two weeks for everyone else.
  • Get Sleepy Podcast – If you are struggling to sleep, get sleepy is a free podcast that provided relaxing bed time stories for grown ups.
  • Yoga with Adriene – Many reports outline the positive impact of yoga on body and mind. Yoga with Adriene is a great place to start and is free.
  • Daily Walk / dose of nature: If possible (and within the restrictions) a walk and spending time in nature can really boost our mood.
  • Gardening : If you are lucky enough to have a garden, or even a sunny window sill gardening can be great for wellbeing, especially as it gives a sense of hope planning for the future. If you want to ‘Grow Your Own’ fruit and veg, the RHS has a handy free planner here, so you can start planning for the year ahead.
  • Exercise at home: The NHS has complied lots of exercises you can do at home.
  • Reading and Audiobooks:  Reading and listening to audio books are a good way to switch off and you can access them for free to download through Brighton and Hove libraries, and other local library services.
  • My Life Mindfulness App – a great app that has a free option, with a big focus on wellbeing.

*If you need to talk someone don’t forget The Samaritans are there 24 hours a day 365 days a year, you can call 116 112 free or email jo@samaritans.org (just to note response time for email is 24 hours).