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General health and wellbeing

From speaking with a number of former Intensive Care patients at a year after getting home, it seems that staying well and healthy and getting out and about are the main concerns. In this section, we've provided links to some general information and sources of support, which we hope you find useful.




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Web Link: "Long Covid" Support

Large numbers of people report suffering from prolonged, debilitating and sometimes serious symptoms following infection with suspected or confirmed Covid-19. This link will take you to a support page with information and resources to help understand and assist in your recovery.

Web Link: 10 today: videos of 10 minute exercises

This link will take you to BBC Radio 5's webpages, where you'll find 10 short videos that will help you get moving and stretching. The exercises are gentle and easy to do at home.

Web Link: 6-minute breathing meditation

"Reduce stress, anxiety, and negative emotions, cool yourself down when your temper flares, and sharpen your concentration skills." Visit the mindful.org website to access this resource.

Web Link: Beware of COVID-19 scams

Resource from National Trading Standards: Unscrupulous criminals are exploiting fears about COVID-19 to prey on members of the public, particularly older and vulnerable people who are isolated from family and friends. National Trading Standards is warning people to remain vigilant following a rise in coronavirus-related scams that seek to benefit from the public’s concern and uncertainty over COVID-19.

Web Link: Breathing and relaxation exercises for stress

"There are a lot of breathing and relaxation exercises you can do to relieve stress and relax your body and mind. The ones in this guide (from NHS Inform) are simple and can be done at home, at work or out and about. For some of them it helps to lie down, or sit, but they will still work if you aren't able to do those things Over time, these exercises can become something you do automatically, whenever you feel tense or stressed. This can help you become more relaxed in...

Web Link: Breathing Space - Mental Health Support

Breathing Space are here in times of difficulty to provide a safe and supportive space by listening, offering advice and providing information.

Web Link: British Lung Foundation: Managing a cough

Text from site: While recovering from coronavirus, you might continue to have a cough for some time. On this page, we explain how you can manage a dry cough and a cough with phlegm.

Web Link: CALM

Text from site: The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide. Every week 125 people in the UK take their own lives. And 75% of all UK suicides are male. CALM exists to change this.

Web Link: Caring for yourself after coronavirus (COVID-19)

Text from site: This booklet gives information about recovering from coronavirus. It gives practical advice on the areas that people recovering from coronavirus have told us are difficult. We suggest you use it as a self-management guide. Work through it, section by section, and try to use some of the suggestions in your own personal recovery plan. Try to focus on the symptoms that are affecting you the most. At the end there is advice on where to seek more help if you need it.

Web Link: Chartered Institute of Physiotherapists

A guide to finding a physiotherapist in the UK which includes a directory of services and conditions that they treat.