Shielding in relation to the coronavirus came to an end on 1 August 2020
Somethings you may wish to consider as you move out of shielding:
Buying groceries and collecting medicines
- Check in with a family member, friend or neighbour to support you to get to the shops and get groceries or who will pick up groceries/medicines for you.
- Make use of the supermarket priority delivery slots that are available. When a clinically extremely vulnerable person registered online with government as needing support with food, their data was shared with supermarkets. This means if they make an online order with a supermarket (as both a new or existing customer), they will be eligible for a priority slot.
- Use commercial options now available for accessing food, including telephone ordering, food box delivery, prepared meal delivery and other non-supermarket food delivery providers.
Supporting your mental health
You maybe feeling anxious or worries about leaving your home after shielding.
There are several avenues of support to help you through this:
- Government guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing
- NHS Every Mind Matters support
- NHS audio mental health guides
- Mental health support across Lancashire and Cumbria - interactive map of services
Staying mentally and physically active
There are simple things you can do that may help you to stay mentally and physically active during this time such as:
- free 10 minute workouts from PHE or other exercise videos to try at home on the NHS Fitness Studio
- spend time doing things you enjoy such as reading, cooking, other indoor hobbies or listening to favourite radio programmes or watching TV
- try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water, exercise regularly
- try to avoid smoking, alcohol and drugs
- gettnig some light exercise - such as a walk (keeping to shielding guidance of being outside of the home) or if you would prefer not to spend time outside of your home, try spending time with the windows open to let in fresh air and get some natural sunlight. Alternatively, get out into any private space (such as a garden or balcony), keeping at least 2 metres away from your neighbours and household members at all times.
- staying connected with family or friends. NHS Volunteers are also available if you would like a friendly chat or just want someone to talk to.
The council are here for you
If you do not have any friends, family or neighbours to rely upon for support as you come out of shielding, please speak to us. We can help.
Call: 01772 625 625