As we all #StayHomeSaveLives, many people may be feeling isolated or coming to terms with changes in their lifestyle. So, with a bit of help from our friends at Good Thinking we’ve put together a little guide of what we can all to do stay happy and healthy at home.

1 – Stay connected

Make sure that you are checking in with friends, loved ones and neighbours who might be alone. This could be via video call, telephone or text message.

2 – Exercise safely

Being active for just 20 minutes a day – running, walking or cycling – can play a huge part in maintaining both physical and mental health. Access to green space is also vital. So stay local, make use of parks, but remember to maintain social distancing.

3 – Share your stories

Share your stories on social media of what people and communities across London are doing to come together and stay resilient, using the hashtag #LondonTogether.

4 – Eat Healthily

It can be all too easy to dive to the cupboard for a quick snack when bored, or in the middle of a movie marathon, but it’s important to remember to plan your meals properly and to eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.

5 – Get better sleep

We’ve all stayed up a bit too late watching cat videos on our phones, but it’s important to get a good night’s sleep. If you are struggling with sleeping or getting to sleep, Good Thinking can provide guidance and support.

6 – Learn something new

Taking up a new hobby or pastime, or doing something creative, is a great way to help maintain positive mental health. Set yourself small regular targets, and don’t be afraid to share your progress with us via #LondonTogether.

7 – Practice good self-care

Visit London’s NHS-approved digital wellbeing service, Good Thinking, which promotes proactive self-care for the four most common mental health conditions: anxiety, low mood, sleeping difficulties and stress.

8 – Stay informed

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Further resources

Further resources and support for Londoners are available from the Greater London Authority, including:

Coronavirus and looking after your mental health

Coping with grief

Exercise guidance

Further resources and support are available from the Mental Health Foundation, including:

Loneliness during coronavirus

Living with the pandemic if you already have mental health problems