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Read our tips on staying safe as you enjoy the South Downs National Park.

Looking after your health & wellbeing

Looking after your health & wellbeing

Taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important while remaining at home during lockdown, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

You may experience feelings such as boredom, frustration or loneliness. You may also feel low, worried or anxious, or concerned about finances, health or the health and wellbeing of those close to you.

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

There are 5 ways to well-being:

  • Connect
  • Be Active
  • Take Notice
  • Keep Learning
  • Give.

This is an evidence based tool developed by the New Economics Foundation and a well-established way to support your wellbeing.

Here are some ideas and organisations that can support your well-being during this period:

  • Connect

    There is strong evidence that indicates that connecting with other people is a fundamental human need and one that helps us to function well in the world.

    It’s clear that social relationships are vital for promoting wellbeing and for acting as a buffer against mental ill health for people of all ages.

    However, as our ability to connect with others and the world around us is greatly hindered at the moment, it is still really important to find new ways of connecting.

    With this in mind, try to do something different today and make a connection.

    More information can be found in the links below:

  • Be Active

    Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups, and is even more vital whilst living our currently restricted lifestyles.

    Current government advice is that we are able to leave our home once a day for exercise, and if we are fortunate to have access to outdoor space we are able to use it.

    Activity doesn’t need to be particularly intense for you to feel good.

    Ideas wherever you are for how to keep moving from Sport England.

  • Take Notice

    Evidence shows that reminding yourself to ‘take notice’ and being aware of what is taking place in the present moment directly enhances your well-being.

    With many of us being in situations where we may have more time than usual to ‘take notice’, it’s a great opportunity to start building this practice into our daily lives.

    Take some time to enjoy the moment and the environment around you by going outside or even looking through an open window at the changes taking place.

    How about joining in the British Trust for Ornithology Garden Bird Watch. They are giving everyone free access to join their research during the COVID-19 lockdown – so you can support your wellbeing and contribute to scientific research!

    Taking time to be still and quiet is also really beneficial for our mental health so why not take a look at Smiling Minds YouTube mindfulness videos.

  • Keep Learning

    Continued learning enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life.

    Setting yourself goals, however small, have been strongly associated with higher levels of wellbeing.

    New and creative ways are emerging daily for people to learn and develop while living more isolated lives. Why not learn something new today?

    Libraries may be closed, but eBooks and eAudiobooks are still available to borrow! Is there a particular topic, skill or subject you’ve always wanted to learn more about?

    Follow the links below for libraries in your local area

  • Give

    Participation in social and community life has attracted a lot of attention in the field of wellbeing research, and is strongly linked with increased wellbeing.

    Individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy. It is also important to give some time to yourself, and structure to your day.

    Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus, people have really come together to provide help. An example includes the Mutual Aid groups that have quickly gathered in momentum.

    These enable communities to support each other, check in with neighbours, and generally connect with those around us.


" The Downs...too much for one pair of eyes, enough to float a whole population in happiness. "