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📱 From Mind | Stay connected in tough times

A reminder from the EFL's charity partners to look after your mental wellbeing in unique circumstances

1 April 2020

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There can be no doubting that times are tough for all of us right now - which is why the EFL's charity partners, Mind, are encouraging all of us to make sure we keep talking to those closest to us in challenging circumstances for our country.

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While we all continue to social distance in a physical sense, Mind want to make sure that, mentally at least, we are still together.

They are encouraging regular phone calls to your friends and family who you may not be able to see face to face at the moment, in the hope that we will pull through as one.

On top of that, Mind have put together a handy checklist for you to make sure that home life is as calm and prepared as it can be:

  • Food: do you have a way to get food delivered if you need to self-isolate?
  • Cleaning: do you have cleaning supplies?
  • Work: can you carry on working, including working from home? If not, can you find out your rights to payment or benefits?
  • Medication: do you have enough medication, or a way to get more?
  • Health: can you reorganise any planned therapy or treatments?
  • Connectivity: have you got ways to keep in contact with people you see regularly, like their phone numbers, email addresses? Do you need help setting up digital communication, like a video calling app?
  • Routine: can you create a routine or timetable for yourself? And if you live with other people, should you create a household schedule? Do you need to agree how the household will run with everyone at home all day?
  • Exercise: is there any physical activity you can do inside your home, like going up and down the stairs, using bean tins as weights, or exercises you can do in your chair?
  • Nature: have you thought about how you can bring nature into your home? Can you get some seeds and planting equipment delivered, or put up photos of green spaces?
  • Entertainment: have you thought about things to do, books to read or TV shows to watch?
  • Relax: have you got materials so you can do something creative, such as pencils and paper?

Mind have put together a comprehensive guide for anyone who has any questions about the current Covid-19 situation and how it affects your wellbeing, which you can see on their website by clicking here.

Remember, for the most up-to-date government advice, you can head to the official UK Government website here.

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