You may be worried about further restrictions over winter due to Covid-19, and the loneliness and stress this could entail. Although we don’t know if any restrictions will happen, there are things you can do to help with these worries. There are practical steps you can take to look after your mental health at this time, and to protect yourself and those around you.

Almost 50 million Covid vaccine doses have been administered in the UK, meaning that a large proportion of people have some level of protection from the virus, and you can check the data on vaccinations here. Covid booster jabs are now available and the NHS will contact you when you become eligible for the booster.

Find out more about the Covid boosters.

If you are anxious about the new normal, you can find some ideas that may help on our article on coping with anxious times.

If you are worried about potential further pandemic restrictions:

  • Continue to wear PPE that makes you feel comfortable. If you still have fears of catching something, wearing face masks in public has now become more acceptable.
  • Maintain an active and social lifestyle, in accordance with social distancing restrictions. Slowly easing back into social activities will help to gradually return back to normal.
  • Stay up-to-date with Government guidelines – if we are to lock down further, announcements will be made through official channels (e.g. Gov Twitter, Department of Health).
  • Your workplace will advise if and how you can work remotely. If there are changes, contact your manager or human resources department.

Here are 10 top tips for looking after your wellbeing:

  1. Stay connected to friends, family and colleagues
  2. Prioritise sleep
  3. Eat healthy and keep hydrated
  4. Take your breaks at work
  5. Be kind to yourself
  6. Exercise regularly
  7. Make time for things that you enjoy outside of work
  8. Limit time spent watching or reading the news
  9. Allow yourself to grieve (whether it be people, moments, or opportunities)
  10. Seek informal/professional support if needed

Watch the video below for 5 steps we can all take to improve our mental health and wellbeing.

Over autumn and winter, the government will aim to sustain the progress made and prepare the country for future challenges, while ensuring the NHS does not come under unsustainable pressure.

As set out in the Covid-19 Response: Autumn and Winter Plan, the government plans to achieve this by:

  1. Building our defences through vaccines, antivirals and other therapeutics.
  2. Identifying and isolating positive cases to limit transmission: Test, Trace and Self-Isolation
  3. Advising people on how to protect themselves and others

If you have any fears of a further lockdown, Covid-19 anxiety or anything else please get in contact with one of our Keeping Well team.

Updated on: 21/04/2022