Looking after your mental health and well-being

It’s important for everyone to look after their mental health, because being isolated or social distancing can be stressful for everyone. There is a lot of news that is causing anxiety for many. And many disabled people may feel especially vulnerable or targeted.

This guide on the BBC has some really good hints and tips on how to keep yourself in a good frame of mind. This is important because anxiety can compromise your immune system.

This is especially important for anyone who is being shielded (isolation for 12 weeks) and in particular those with existing mental health conditions, learning disabilities or autism who are worried about the impact of isolation and changes to your existing routine. Additional guidance is given in the government guidance on shielding for people who are extremely vulnerable.

The following resources may also give you access to things to do to keep you occupied. Some of them are for adults and some of them are for adults with kids.

Audible, the spoken book service, and have made a number of audiobooks free for both adults and children.

Online videos on Adaptive Yoga for wheelchair users for physical and mental well-being

A list of free, online, boredom-busting resources

190 universities just launched 600 free online courses. Here’s the full list.

Free primary and secondary school teaching resources (for when the kids are at home) from the BBC

Send us an email at hello@real.org.uk if you have any other good ideas to include here.


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