Keeping well during self-isolation

Keep yourself mobile by getting up and moving around as much as possible. If you have a garden, backyard or balcony, go out and get some fresh air.

Keep a distance of 2 metres from other people you live with. If that is not possible, keep a distance of at least 1 metre from other people and wear a medical face mask.

Stay hydrated and try to avoid alcohol if you are not feeling well.

Find out how alcohol affects your health and wellbeing

Get help with quitting smoking

Find exercises you can do indoors

Get support

Stay in touch with people over the phone. Ask a family member, friend or neighbour to check in with you over the phone a few times every day. Let them know how you are feeling.

Older people can phone the charity ALONE on 0818 222 024 from Monday to Sunday, 8am to 8pm.

Self-isolation can be boring or frustrating and it may affect your mood and feelings. You may feel low, worried or have problems sleeping.

Read advice about minding your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

Read about recovering after COVID-19

Support for people living on their own

Local authorities and other organisations are providing help for people in the community.

They can help people living on their own with:

  • collection and delivery of food, essential household items, fuel, and medication
  • social isolation
  • other medical or healthcare needs

Get urgent medical help for non-COVID-19 symptoms

Last updated: 29 October at 4.40pm

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