Extra help to safeguard wellbeing

People living in Norfolk and Suffolk can now get information and advice to help them safeguard their wellbeing during the Covid-19 pandemic through a series of interactive webinars organised by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT).

The webinars, run by the Trust’s Wellbeing services, will help reassure people they are not alone while social distancing, in isolation or unable to go to work. They will be full of hints and tips to help people stay healthy and manage any worries they may be experiencing, while those taking part will also be able to ask questions anonymously.

Each workshop will be presented by a clinician using a webcam, while attendees joining the webinar will not be seen by the other participants.

Two sessions have been arranged so far:

•           Every Thursday, 1pm – 3pm, starting this week (26 March). Everyday wellbeing with coronavirus support.
•           Every Tuesday, 10am – 12 noon, starting next week (31 March). Improving sleep. 

It is likely that additional workshops will be arranged in the near future.

Nesta Reeve, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead for Wellbeing Services with NSFT, said: “All of us are having to change our lives significantly as a result of Covid-19, with millions now either self-isolating, working from home or unable to go to work – leaving a lot of questions unanswered. It is easy to get overwhelmed with the unknown and uncertainty of our future, but what is important now is to stay calm, healthy and to have fun.

“Staying at home isolating and social distancing can be really hard to deal with and many people may feel anxious, bored or frustrated, which is completely normal. We’ve organised these free webinars for anyone who is worried about the effect that social distancing will have on their mental health.

“We’re encouraging people to join us and pick up some valuable hints and tips to help them look after their understandable worries, stress and low mood during what is a particularly challenging time in all of our lives.”

In addition to the webinars, the Wellbeing service is also offering the following advice to people during the pandemic:

•           Get a good night’s sleep
•           Talk about your worries and concerns
•           Clean up your social media and unfollow accounts that make you feel anxious, upset or angry
•           Keep up healthy habits and explore new workouts in the home
•           Join in with an exercise class on YouTube
•           Eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and exercise regularly. Avoid smoking or drugs, and try not to drink too much alcohol

If you live in Norfolk, you can sign up for a webinar by visiting www.wellbeingnands.co.uk/norfolk/get-support/courses/

For Suffolk, please go to www.wellbeingnands.co.uk/suffolk/get-support/courses/