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Self-Help: Tips for staying safe and healthy in the coronavirus lockdown

Covid-19 has brought lots of uncertainty to the world but there's a few simple things that all of us can do to stay safe whilst we're in lockdown. Of course, make sure you follow the latest advice from your government and health service providers, then hopefully we'll be free from this virus as quickly as possible. 

Words and illustrations by Rosa Fairfield

Pay attention to the news and follow the latest government advice
The government advice is there for a reason. It can be tempting to try and rebel because you're bored and you miss your old life but this won't last forever and playing it safe might save your own or someone else's life. When you wake up of a morning, have a quick flick through the latest news stories too because things are constantly changing. Just... maybe after you've done that, cheer yourself up by looking at some videos of cats playing with wool.

Keep on exercising
If you're in lockdown that shouldn't have to mean sacrificing your fitness. You don't need a gym to work out. There's various exercises you can do at home. You can check out blogilarities for some home workout videos. There's plenty of other exercise videos on YouTube to get your heart pounding too. 

If you have a garden, you can use it to play ball games, just make sure you don't lose the ball over your next door neighbours fence. Also, you can give jogging a go (as long as you're still allowed to do so where you are). Jogging is great for cardio, which you can mix in with your at-home exercises. 

Stay on top of your mental health 
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health and in times of worry, like this, it can lead to a mental health relapse. If you take medication or practice CBT, now it's important more than ever to make sure you're keeping up with it. You can also try some general tips on how to stay positive and try practice mindfulness. We all tend to have our own little things that work for us, so pay attention to that and make sure you're staying on top of things.

Don't try any quick-fix fake medical advice
If anyone is recommending you to take or do something strange and possibly dangerous to cure yourself of coronavirus... just don't do it unless it's be verified by a legit medical professional. You could end up poisoning yourself or make yourself even more ill. There's a lot of coronavirus myths going around at the moment so be mindful of that. 

Listen to your body and rest if you need it 
Basically, don't push yourself too hard. If you're feeling sick and you want to rest there's no same in doing that. It seems to have become a cultural norm that we have to carry on going even if we don't feel okay and pretend that everything is fine. If you can rest and want too, do it. You don't want to become burnout and exhausted on top of everything else. Listen to your body and what it's telling you.