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19 May, 2020

Keeping healthy minds and bodies through the coronavirus outbreak: a service user perspective

While everyone is affected by the coronavirus restrictions, there are things we can all do to help us get through this time. One former service user tells us how they try to keep their mind and body active as a way of staying positive and healthy.

The Latin phrase “mens sana en corpore sana” translates to “a healthy mind is a healthy body”. The two work together: keeping healthy means we have to find ways of staying physically and mentally fit during the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Try to exercise the mind and body. I walk and jog around 3 kilometres daily. This helps me to not put on weight and, importantly, helps me feel I have accomplished something positive in my daily routine. Make sure to stretch before and after exercise, and try a few press-ups afterwards. Be mindful of nature all around you, whether it’s birdsong, different shades of colour on the foliage from various trees, or the beautiful blue skyline. 

Read something of interest and fun every day, and limit watching the news or scrolling through social media to maybe twice a day. Breathe deeply and release.

Before you retire to bed, think of three things you have accomplished which give your day value. These can be small tasks, like showering and getting dressed, for example, or making your bed in the morning. Keep in the now, and keep things simple in these times especially.

These little steps every day help me to keep my body and mind well and engaged, and I hope you find them helpful too.

Remember to keep positive: positivity breeds positivity.