Good hygiene is the best prevention and there are things you can do to help stop germs like coronavirus spreading including:

Looking after your mind

It’s important to know what’s going on, but if you’re finding that the constant stream of news updates and social media is causing you to become worried or stressed, you could limit the amount of time you spend reading or watching things about COVID19.

Perhaps decide on a specific time to check in with the news, or stick to the trusted sources of information to find out what you need to know. You can find information and tips on looking after your mental health on Every Mind Matters.

In times of uncertainty, it is important that you look after you mental health and wellbeing. In Dorset we have lots of services who can help and support you maintain and improve your mental wellbeing.

LiveWell Dorset have just the thing to support your wellbeing at this time: The Five Ways Challenge. Over the following weeks, people who take part Five Ways Challenge will join together virtually to take care of their wellbeing. Join the Five Ways Challenge.

Reducing alcohol harm during coronavirus

Together with other health organisations we have put together some information about reducing harm in relation to drinking alcohol.

Maintaining healthy relationships - 7 minute reflection

1. Mutual respect

The views and wishes of others are important too. During times of stress we can allow our own worries to override our ability to consider others opinions and perspectives. Let others know that their thoughts and opinions are important and matter to you. Make time to listen and hear what is being said.

2. Speak up

Try not to allow negative feelings or misunderstandings to develop into arguments. If something is upsetting you talk about it calmly and openly. It's always best to talk rather than hold things in. This also improves our wellbeing.

3. Compromise

Differences of opinion are a natural part of any relationship. It is important to find a way to compromise and find a solution which respects each others views. A positive relationship will understand and accommodate each other's needs.

4. Be supportive

Everyone needs support at times. Being supportive can mean different things. Just being ‘present’ is sometimes enough, other times we may need to ask 'what would help'?

5. Respect each other's privacy

We don’t have to be with each other all the time, even if we live in the same house. Time away from each other is important. Try to agree time to be alone in a space where you are undisturbed. Set up a traffic light system.

6. Review your expectations

What we think our relationships should look like determines our contribution to it. Expectations can lead to bickering. Prioritise appreciation of each other over expectations.

7. Ask for help

You are not alone. If you find yourself struggling, feeling anxious or worried, then ask for help. It's okay to not be okay! There are organisations that can advise and support you such as the Samaritans and Mind.

NHS Test and Trace

See the website for an overview of the NHS Test and Trace service, including how it works and what happens if you, or someone you have been in close contact with, tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

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