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Staying well and connected

Caring for someone else can be rewarding but is also often challenging and can impact on your own wellbeing and your ability to stay connected to others. With all of us now needing to stay at home more and keep our distance from others, it’s more important than ever to make time to look after yourself and find new ways of staying in touch with others.

We’ve listed some resources below that we hope can help.


General

Taking Care - a video library for carers. Hear from carers and professionals as they share their thoughts and insights. 

The Wellbeing Guide - produced by St. Mungos is a comprehensive guide that includes links to resources for each of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing - Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning & Give. These include groups where you can connect with others around shared interests, exercise videos, guided meditations, helplines and forums where you can talk to others and many more.


Mental Health

BACP: Coronavirus Anxiety - useful information and tips from the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy to help you cope with anxiety about coronavirus.

Mind: Coronavirus - information hub provides advice on how to support your mental wellbeing during this period.

SANE Helpline - provides emotional support. guidance and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers. There usual helpline number isn't working at the moment but you can call them on 07984 967708 and leave your name and number and someone will call back as soon as possible.


Keeping Connected

Mobilise Online - sign up for their daily virtual cuppa to chat to other carers, share how you're feeling and get support. You can also get daily emails keeping you up-to-date with the latest advice from the government and sharing helpful tips and advice from other carers.


Exercise

One You – short cardio and strength-training workout you can do at home. No equipment needed, suitable for beginners.

Fitness Blender - hundreds of home workout videos for all levels.


Yoga

Yoga with Adriene - hundreds of free yoga classes for all levels and of varying lengths. If you’re new to yoga try her beginner’s playlist here.

Yoga with Kassandra - lots of yin and vinyasa yoga videos for all levels.

Faith Hunter Yoga & Meditation - yoga and guided mediation videos, many suitable for beginners.


Meditation/Mindfulness

Calm - Calm have shared some free guided meditations on their blog along with other mindfulness resources for both adults and children.

Insight Timer - 40,000 free guided meditations of all different types and lengths. You can do them through the website or download the app.

Mindful - Guided meditations and lots of free mediation and mindfulness resources on their website. Try these guided meditations if you're a beginner.


Leisure

Choirs / Singing Groups

Great British Home Chorus with Gareth Malone - free live sessions every weeknight at 5.30pm on YouTube learning a new popular song each week. If you can't tune in live you can always replay the rehearsals later at a time that suiits you.

The Sofa Singers - set up as a response to self isolation during the Coronavirus outbreak, these free twice-weekly sessions bring together hundreds of people in real time for 45 minutes of simultaneous singing.

Reading

Open Library - has removed waiting lists from all its books so you can read any of their 1.4 million books online without waiting. Has a range of titles from children’s to thrillers, classics to self-help.

Theatre

Filmed on Stage - website listing lots of musicals, plays and operas you can watch online for free. From Shakespeare to Cirque du Soleil, Jesus Christ Superstar to The Wind in the Willows.

Online Ballet Performances 

Royal Opera House - has created a schedule of free broadcasts and live content that audiences can access for free