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Looking after your body and mind

​There are lots of things you can do to stay healthy whilst your usual activities/routine are disrupted.

Keep moving

Whether you prefer structured exercise classes or more informal physical activity, such as walking, staying active can help to boost your immune system and has huge benefits for your mental and physical well-being.

There are lots of free activities available at this time, here are a few to consider:

  • walking
  • running
  • cycling

Living on our beautiful Island, there are hundreds of scenic routes you can explore in every parish within the current guidance.

For low impact, sociable exercise, see Jersey Sports free of charge Health Walks on the move more website . These are ideal for all age groups and are great for those who may feel less confident about doing physical activity.

If you’re looking for walking or running route inspiration, The National Trust have produced a series of self-guided route instructions. There is also a countryside access map available, detailing local paths and their levels of difficulty.

Other fun ways to get walking, cycling and running

Jersey Sports ‘Sporteering’ is aimed at people who like walking, running and or cycling and is ‘virtual’ orienteering, more information on the move more website.

More information on cycling more on the move more website.

Exercise classes

Find adult classes, open to all on the move more website.

Move more referral programme

The Move More Referral programme is a 12-week behavioural change programme aimed at supporting people who are currently inactive, have a medical condition, or are in poor health and need support to include physical activity into their everyday life. 
Find out more information on the move more referral programme

Exercise videos and online classes

Lots of exercise professionals are offering online classes at the moment. Here are a few free examples:

Wellbeing programmes

The Soulgenic app provides free 28 fitness and nutrition programmes.

Reading

It’s a great time to indulge in your favourite literature. Jersey Library have over 15,000 ebooks, magazines, newspapers, audiobooks and comics available online, free of charge, 24 hours a day.

Jersey Library can also deliver books and resources to those who are self-isolating, shielding or who have no internet access. Call +44 (0) 1534 448700

Volunteering

Helping someone in need is a really positive way to use your time. More information about volunteering during the coronavirus outbreak can be found on our Volunteering and looking out for others page or by contacting your Parish Hall.

Eat and drink

Nutrition is important to staying healthy. Here are our top tips for boosting your immunity and mood:
  • eat a wide variety of foods with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. For further information, see the Eat Well Guide
  • keep to a meal and snack routine for the whole family. Healthy snacks include: fresh fruit, vegetables, yoghurt, cheese/crackers and nut butters. Further ideas are available on firststepsnutrition.org
  • keep hydrated with around 8 glasses (2 litres) of water, milk or diluted squash or fruit juice per day and limit caffeine to a maximum of four cups of tea or coffee per day
  • limit high sugar and processed foods such as cakes, chocolate and crisps
  • limit your salt intake to 6g per day
  • both men and women are advised to not drink more than two or three units of alcohol a day, with a suggested maximum of 14 units per week. Try and have two or three alcohol free days each week
For more general nutrition information, email communitydietitian@health.gov.je.

For information on safe alcohol consumption visit Alcohol: the facts.

Prescribed medication

It’s important to continue taking any regular medications. Home delivery of prescriptions can be arranged by calling your GP.

Meditation and mindfulness

Meditation involves quietly listening to your own thoughts and feelings; understanding and accepting them. To try a free guided meditation on HeadSpace website 

Stop smoking

Stopping smoking has many positive benefits on mental health including lowering anxiety, depression and stress levels, increasing confidence, reducing money worries as well as improving quality of life and mood.

Help2Quit offers telephone support and we can deliver your medication to you home. For details of pharmacies offering this service or telephone 0800 735 1155.

Beware of news overload

All forms of media are full of news, updates and statistics about coronavirus. While it is important to keep updated, on a regular basis, it can also be helpful to limit the amount of time you spend reading, watching or listening to the news so as to ensure you have time to focus on other things.

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