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Look after your mental well being

Taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important while staying at home because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

You may feel bored, frustrated or lonely. You may also be low, worried or anxious, or concerned about your finances, your health or those close to you.

It’s important to remember that it is OK to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently. Remember, this situation is temporary and, for most of us, these difficult feelings will pass. Staying at home may be difficult, but you are helping to protect yourself and others by doing it.

The tips and advice here are things you can do now to help you keep on top of your mental wellbeing and cope with how you may feel while staying at home. Make sure you get further support if you feel you need it.

The government also has wider guidance on staying at home as a result of coronavirus.

1. Find out about your employment and benefits rights

You may be worried about work and money while you have to stay home – these issues can have a big effect on your mental health.

If you have not already, talk with your employer about working from home, and learn about your sick pay and benefits rights. Knowing the details about what the coronavirus outbreak means for you for you can reduce worry and help you feel more in control.

2. Plan practical things

Work out how you can get any household supplies you need. You could try asking neighbours or family friends, or find a delivery service.

Continue accessing treatment and support for any existing physical or mental health problems where possible. Let services know you are staying at home, and discuss how to continue receiving support.

If you need regular medicine, you might be able to order repeat prescriptions by phone, or online via a website or app. Contact your GP and ask if they offer this. You can also ask your pharmacy about getting your medicine delivered, or ask someone else to collect it for you.

If you support or care for others, either in your home or by visiting them regularly, think about who can help out while you are staying at home. Let your local authority know if you provide care or support someone you do not live with. Carers UK has further advice on creating a contingency plan.

3. Stay connected with others

Maintaining healthy relationships with people you trust is important for your mental wellbeing. Think about how you can stay in touch with friends and family while you are all staying at home – by phone, messaging, video calls or social media – whether it’s people you usually see often, or connecting with old friends.

Lots of people are finding the current situation difficult, so staying in touch could help them too.

4. Talk about your worries

It’s normal to feel a bit worried, scared or helpless about the current situation. Remember: it is OK to share your concerns with others you trust – and doing so may help them too.

If you cannot speak to someone you know or if doing so has not helped, there are plenty of helplines you can try instead.

5. Look after your body

Our physical health has a big impact on how we feel. At times like these, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour that end up making you feel worse.

Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and exercise regularly. Avoid smoking or drugs, and try not to drink too much alcohol.

You can leave your house, alone or with members of your household, for 1 form of exercise a day – like a walk, run or bike ride. But make you keep a safe 2-metre distance from others. Or you could try one of our easy 10-minute home workouts.

6. Stay on top of difficult feelings

Concern about the coronavirus outbreak is perfectly normal. However, some people may experience intense anxiety that can affect their day-to-day life.

Try to focus on the things you can control, such as how you act, who you speak to and where you get information from.

It’s fine to acknowledge that some things are outside of your control, but if constant thoughts about the situation are making you feel anxious or overwhelmed, try some ideas to help manage your anxiety.

7. Do not stay glued to the news

Try to limit the time you spend watching, reading or listening to coverage of the outbreak, including on social media, and think about turning off breaking-news alerts on your phone.

You could set yourself a specific time to read updates or limit yourself to checking a couple of times a day.

Use trustworthy sources – such as GOV.UK or the NHS website – and fact-check information from the news, social media or other people.

8. Carry on doing things you enjoy

If we are feeling worried, anxious, lonely or low, we may stop doing things we usually enjoy.

Make an effort to focus on your favourite hobby if it is something you can still do at home. If not, picking something new to learn at home might help.

There are lots of free tutorials and courses online, and people are coming up with inventive ways to do things, like hosting online pub quizzes and music concerts.

9. Take time to relax

This can help with difficult emotions and worries, and improve our wellbeing. Relaxation techniques can also help deal with feelings of anxiety.

10. Think about your new daily routine

Life is changing for a while and you are likely to see some disruption to your normal routine. Think about how you can adapt and create positive new routines and set yourself goals.

You might find it helpful to write a plan for your day or your week. If you are working from home, try to get up and get ready in the same way as normal, keep to the same hours you would normally work and stick to the same sleeping schedule.

You could set a new time for a daily home workout, and pick a regular time to clean, read, watch a TV programme or film, or cook.

11. Look after your sleep

Good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how we feel, so it’s important to get enough.

Try to maintain your regular sleeping pattern and stick to good sleep practices.

12. Keep your mind active

Read, write, play games, do crosswords, complete sudoku puzzles, finish jigsaws, or try drawing and painting.

Whatever it is, find something that works for you.

Further support and advice

There are plenty of things you can do and places to get more help and support if you are struggling with your mental health. Our pages on stressanxietysleep and low mood have lots more tips and specific advice. If you are a parent or caregiver for a child or young person, Young Minds has guidance on talking to your child about coronavirus.

The NHS mental health and wellbeing advice pages also have a self-assessment, as well as audio guides and other tools you can use while staying at home.

We also have guidance and information to help others if someone you know is struggling with their mental health.

Remember, it is quite common to experience short-lived physical symptoms when you are low or anxious. Some of these, like feeling hot or short of breath, could be confused with symptoms of coronavirus.

If this happens, try to distract yourself. When you feel less anxious, see if you still have the symptoms that worried you. If you are still concerned, visit the NHS website.

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First confirmed Covid 19 case in Rutland

Dr Fu-Meng Khaw, Centre Director, Public Health England East Midlands, said this afternoon: “Public Health England is aware that one of the latest confirmed cases of COVID-19 is a resident of Rutland.

“Most adults in good health who develop symptoms of COVID-19 will fully recover, and the Chief Medical Officer has advised that it is not necessary for them to be tested. However, to protect the most vulnerable, people with symptoms should stay at home for the specified timescales to reduce the spread in the community.

“Throughout the ‘delay’ phase, we are prioritising tests for those who require hospital care for pneumonia or acute respiratory illness – while continuing to investigate outbreaks, i.e. where several cases are connected, especially in a particular setting such as a care home. The surveillance data we report monitors, support and informs the public health actions we are taking while no longer providing a running commentary of individual cases.”

Mike Sandys, Director of Public Health for Rutland County Council, said: “Although this is the first official laboratory confirm case in Rutland, it is reasonable to assume that there are likely to be other cases in the county that have not received the official test since routine community testing was stopped.

“Rutland County Council is working with health colleagues to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading and ensure the people of Rutland are protected.

“It is essential that residents of Rutland stay at home to stop the virus from spreading. We all have the potential to spread this virus. We therefore need to do all we can to stop it.

“Good hygiene and staying at home is the best prevention and there are some simple steps you can take to protect you and your family by washing your hands regularly and thoroughly and if you cough, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.

“If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.”

Rutland County Council, PHE and the NHS are well prepared to deal with coronavirus. Our priority is to safeguard local communities which sometimes involves taking preventative measures to help reduce the risk of further cases.

Nationally, to date more than 113,777 people have been tested with 14,543 positive cases. People are advised to follow the advice being issued by PHE, NHS and local authorities.

Rutland County Council said it cannot comment further on individual cases due to patient confidentiality.

Message from the Police and Crime Commissioner

Rutland Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach has issued a statement in the wake of last night’s (Wed) approval of the Coronavirus Bill by Parliament.

In it, he says it is ‘vital’ residents follow Government advice on social distancing, reduce pressure on the police by avoiding 101 calls and use online reporting instead.

Lord Bach’s statement says: “I think it’s important to consider the implications for crime and justice in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR).

“The government has made it clear that the measures in the Bill are temporary, proportionate, will only be used when strictly necessary and be in place for long as required to respond to the situation.

“Whilst this is reassuring, it seems to me that the role of a democratically-elected Police and Crime Commissioner is now more important than ever.

“People will still be coming to terms with the stringent restrictions placed on their movement and freedom of assembly.

“It’s fair to say that this is all very different for the police too; but let’s be absolutely clear, the new powers of detention, dispersal and isolation are vital if people continue to flout the instructions.

“If they prove necessary, they represent a seismic change to the way we prefer to do things in this country and the principles of consent, fairness and social justice must be upheld.

“My role is to be the voice of the people and hold the Leicestershire Police to account.

“My office is responsible for the totality of policing in our diverse community and this function will be maintained for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak and through to the end of my extended term of office in May 2021.

“We are keeping a close eye on the impact of the disease on crime trends.

“I will also do my utmost to ensure that people have continuing access to the services we commission.

“The personal safety of front-line staff remains paramount, and although services may be delivered differently, our commitment to protect the vulnerable and support victims of crime is undiminished.

“My message to the public is a simple one.

“It’s vital that we follow government advice on social distancing.

“This means staying away from any pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops that may be foolish enough to stay open; no games in the park and no informal gatherings with friends and neighbours.

“The police will intervene when necessary to stop these activities.

“We must do everything we can to reduce the pressure on the force by avoiding ‘101′ calls and using online reporting where possible.

“Finally, I want to express my thanks to the police officers and staff who are continuing to provide a great service to the people of LLR in the face of an extraordinary global public health crisis.

“They are some of the ‘key workers’ who are regularly referred to in the news.

“They are still out there keeping us safe 24/7 and they deserve our co-operation, our gratitude and our support