If you are staying at home more than you usually would, it might feel more difficult than usual to take care of your mental health and wellbeing.
These are some more ideas which may help. You can read Part 1 here.
Find ways to spend your time
Try having a clear out. You could sort through your possessions and put them away tidily, or have a spring clean.
You could also have a digital clear out. Delete any old files and apps you don’t use, upgrade your software, update all your passwords or clear out your inboxes.
Write letters or emails, or make phone calls with people you’ve been meaning to catch up with.
Find ways to relax and be creative
There are lots of different ways that you can relax, take notice of the present moment and use your creative side. These include:
arts and crafts, such as drawing, painting, collage, sewing, craft kits or upcycling
playing musical instruments, singing or listening to music
Keep your mind stimulated
Keep your brain occupied and challenged. Set aside time in your routine for this. Read books, magazines and articles. Listen to podcasts, watch films and do puzzles.
Although high street library branches are closed, some libraries have apps you can use online. These allow you to borrow ebooks, audiobooks or magazines from home for free, if you're a library member.
There are lots of apps that can help you learn things, such as a foreign language or other new skills.
Take care with news and information
Stay connected with current events, but be careful where you get news and health information from.
If news stories make you feel anxious or confused, think about switching off or limiting what you look at for a while.
Social media could help you stay in touch with people, but might also make you feel anxious including if people are sharing news stories or posting about their worries. Consider taking a break or limiting how you use social media. You might decide to view particular groups or pages but not scroll through timelines or newsfeeds.
See national Mind's pages about online mental health for more information.
If you're feeling anxious
You can also find ways to comfort yourself if you're feeling anxious. For example, there are games and puzzles you can use to distract yourself, and breathing exercises which may help.
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) has more information on how to cope if you're feeling anxious about coronavirus.
If you’re feeling claustrophobic or trapped
Open the windows to let in fresh air. Or you could spend time sitting on your doorstep, or in the garden if you have one.
Try looking at the sky out of the window or from your doorstep. This can help to give you a sense of space.
Regularly change the rooms you spend time in.