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Looking after your mental health and well-being during COVID-19

MIND have a useful Coronavirus and Mental Health Toolkit which has lots of reliable information and tools on a range of topics including wellbeing, young people, supporting children's wellbeing, bereavement, grief and managing stress.

The Government have provided advice on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak:

Consider how to connect with others - Think about how you can stay in touch with friends and family via telephone, video calls or social media.

Help and support others - Are there community groups that you could join to support others locally, in line with Coronavirus guidance.

Talk about your worries - sharing how you are feeling and the things you are doing to cope with family and friends can help them too.

Look after your physical well-being - Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water, exercise inside where possible and outside once a day.

Look after your sleep - Good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how you feel mentally and physically, so it’s important to get enough.

Try to manage difficult feelings - Try to focus on the things you can control, including where you get information from and actions to make yourself feel better prepared.

Manage your media and information intake - Try to limit the time you spend watching, reading, or listening to media coverage of the outbreak. It may help to only check the news at set times or limiting to a couple of checks a day.

Think about your new daily routine - Think about how you can adapt and create positive new routines – try to engage in useful or meaningful activities.

Do things you enjoy - Focussing on your favourite hobby, learning something new or simply taking time to relax indoors should give you some relief from anxious thoughts and feelings and can boost your mood.

Set goals - think about things you want or need to do that you can still do at home.

Keep your mind active: Read, write, play games, do crossword puzzles, sudokus, jigsaws or drawing and painting.

Take time to relax and focus on the present - Relaxation techniques can help some people to deal with feelings of anxiety.

If you can, once a day get outside, or bring nature in - If you can’t get outside spend time with the windows open to let in fresh air, arrange a space to sit and see a nice view and get some natural sunlight, or get out into the garden if you can.

For more information please click here.

Helpful websites and contacts during COVID-19

What to do if you display Coronavirus symptoms - For information on symptoms and what to do, visit:  Or phone NHS 111

Domestic Abuse - Some of the things we do to help tackle coronavirus like staying at home can cause anxiety for people experiencing or feeling at risk of domestic abuse.  Domestic abuse is unacceptable in any situation.  If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police.  More support can be found at:

Keeping the kids active - Encourage children to play and have some fun.  Download the free “5o things to do before you’re five” App from Google Play or Apple App Store. Search “50things”

Look after your mental health - Spending time at home can make you feel isolated and lonely which affects physical and mental health.  Visit

Keep safe from scamming or financial abuse - Don’t be rushed into making a decision and don’t assume everyone is genuine.  You can contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040

Advise and support for parents and carers - Whether you’re working from home with your kids for the first time or supporting children with anxiety due to coronavirus, the NSPCC have got tips and advice for you

Sport and Recreation Alliance's Mental Health Charter

The Charter sets out how sport and recreation organisations should adopt good mental health practice to make activities inclusive, positive and open to everyone. As part of this commitment, BWL is committed to:

  • Using our sport to promote good mental health and wellbeing
  • Adopting good mental health policies and best practices
  • Appointing ambassadors and role models
  • Tackling discrimination on the grounds of mental health
  • Supporting a pan-sport platform to develop and share resources and best practice
  • Throughout all of this we should regularly monitor our performance

Lifting and Wellbeing

Research suggests there are five ways we can all improve our wellbeing, why not give them a try?

  1. Connect

Connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Why not lift with other people, whether it is a training session or club session, even saying hello to a fellow gym goer. It can all help your mental wellbeing.

  1. Be active

Being active makes you feel good, and regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. Weightlifting at any intensity will have beneficial effects on your mental wellbeing, not to mention the obvious physical benefits like improving your strength.

  1. Keep learning

Learning new skills or improving current skills can give you a great sense of achievement and confidence. Make time to try something new, rediscover an old interest or set a challenge you’ll enjoy. Make your goals realistic for your training, you don’t have to lift hundreds of kilos or a personal best every time. How about aiming to hit a lift consecutively?

  1. Give to others

Even the smallest act can count, whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind word of encouragement to fellow lifters. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local weightlifting club or at a competition at any level can be extremely rewarding.

  1. Be mindful

Try to be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness ‘mindfulness’. Getting in the gym and weightlifting whilst concentrating on that moment can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.

What if I need support?

 If you don't feel you can keep yourself safe right now, seek immediate help:

  • Go to any Accident & Emergency (A&E) department
  • Call 999 and ask for an ambulance to take you to A&E
  • Ask someone else to call 999 for you or take you to A&E
  • If you need urgent support but don't want to go to A&E, you could call Samaritans on freephone 116 123- they are always open and are there to listen
  • Contact your GP surgery and ask for an emergency appointment
  • Contact NHS 111 (England) or NHS Direct 0845 46 47 (Wales)
  • Contact your local crisis team (CRHT), if you're under their care

MIND have lots of useful information.  For further information on what to do if you need help, please visit the Mind website by click here

If you want to help someone else, please click here to visit Mind’s advice

You can also access mental health awareness training for the sport and physical activity sector at MIND elearning





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