How do you look after your emotional wellbeing?

Understandably, you may find that social distancing can be boring or frustrating. You may find your mood and feelings are affected and you may feel low, worried or have problems sleeping and you might miss being outside with other people.

At times like these, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour which in turn can make you feel worse. There are simple things you can do that may help, to stay mentally and physically active during this time such as:

  • Look for ideas of exercises you can do at home on the NHS website.
  • Spend time doing things you enjoy – this might include reading, cooking, other indoor hobbies or listening to the radio or watching TV programmes
  • Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water, exercise regularly, and try to avoid smoking, alcohol and drugs
  • Keep your windows open to let in fresh air, get some natural sunlight if you can, or get outside into the garden.

Stay connected with family and friends

Draw on support you might have through your friends, family and other networks during this time. Try to stay in touch with those around you over the phone, by post, or online.

Let people know how you would like to stay in touch and build that into your routine. This is also important in looking after your mental wellbeing and you may find it helpful to talk to them about how you are feeling.

Remember it is OK to share your concerns with others you trust and in doing so you may end up providing support to them too. See links below for further help and support.

Manage anxiety

A useful video presentation about how to stay well and manage anxiety can be accessed via the link below. The presentation is delivered by Emma McGibbon, Clinical Psychologist for the BBS Clinics and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

A Healthy Mind

You may also find it useful, especially if you have children, to read the advice provided by J’nae Christopher, Assistant Psychologist at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. J'nae's document which can be accessed here: Health in Mind provides some helpful guidelines about how to manage mental well being during the pandemic.

BBS Multi-disciplinary Clinics

Some clinics have been cancelled and others will be moving to a telemedicine service to reduce the need for travel to hospital. If you have any concerns or need support, please contact your Patient Liaison Officer, Angela (London Service: 07591 206788) or Amy (Birmingham Service: 07591 206787).

This information is changing rapidly – keep up to date via the following links:

Additional Sources of Support

Anxiety UK

Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.
Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm) Website:


Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.
Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm) Website:


A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD.
Phone: 0333 212 7890 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) Website:


Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.
Phone: Parents' helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)