How to stay healthy during COVID-19

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For 115 years, our mission has been to serve you, and rest assured that will continue. During the current situation, we will be providing advice and information to help you, your friends and family and – if you are one of our business customers – your colleagues and workplaces too.

We know the coming days and weeks will be filled with uncertainty and we want to help support you all as best we can.

Advice and support during COVID-19 - Useful information 

For help and advice during this challenging time take a look at some of our articles on how to reduce stress, infection control and the importance of getting a good night’s sleep. We've categorised these into useful section for you:  

Body
Mind
Lifestyle
Employee health and wellbeing 
To access our full range of articles go to Be Healthy

Mental health in children and young people

Look after your little ones during these uncertain times

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Young people could be finding the current situation stressful or upsetting. Learn how to spot the signs of anxiety and depression in younger relatives.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed our lives in many ways and this isn’t only impacting adults – it’s having a profound effect on children and young people of all ages too.

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Many children are home from school until the foreseeable future. Check out our tips to help them stay happy and healthy while home schooling.

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How to balance working from home with childcare and home schooling

The coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) is having a significant impact on all our lives. This is especially true for working parents who have found themselves without childcare at short notice. 

Body

Make sure you keep your body healthy

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Looking for ways to keep flexible while confined inside? Read our 5 top tips to maintain good flexibility along with a 50 second video.

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It can be more difficult to get a good night's sleep when you're feeling stressed. Discover our top tips to improve sleep hygiene.

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Benenden Health’s Society Matron Cheryl Lythgoe separates the fact from the fiction with these scientific truths about this global pandemic.

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How can we stop germs from spreading and stay healthy? Discover our top tips, including our guide on how to wash your hands.

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Benenden Health’s Society Matron Cheryl Lythgoe gives her top tips to help you keep your hands clean. 

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Being in closer proximity to others makes it easier for germs to spread. There is also some evidence that being cold makes our immune system less able to fight infection.

Mind

Make sure you take sometime for yourself

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A lot of us are finding things stressful at the moment, but it doesn't have to take over. Try some of our tips to help you to tackle stress.

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It's important to take time to look after your mental health. Mindfulness techniques can help you to relax.

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Everyday life feels different right now, and that’s understandably causing a lot of people to feel more stressed. While higher levels of stress are expected, there are some things we can all do to relax and ease the pressure.

Lifestyle

Make sure you take time to get some fresh air 

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Walk yourself to health

In the current climate the government has stated one type of exercise per day is permitted to limit the spread of coronavirus – so why not take up walking?

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Pottering about in the garden can protect the heart, reduce stress and is great for your emotional wellbeing too.

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You can make these small changes to improve your diet, fitness, mental health and more – all without leaving your house.

Employee health and wellbeing

Handy hints and tips for your workforce 

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What should employers be doing to avoid the spread of illness in the workplace?

Of course, some illness is inevitable, but there are some things you can do as an employer to help keep your staff healthy and prevent illness from spreading.

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If more members of your team are working remotely at the moment, they're likely to be using more uncomfortable equipment than they do in the office.

Help them stay active and avoid aches and pains by sharing these five exercises that can be done from their desks (or dining room tables) at home.

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Naomi Thompson, Head of Organisational Development at Benenden Health, discusses how to keep your team motivated, look after mental wellbeing and ensure business performance during periods of sustained remote working.

COVID-19 has signalled new ways of working for many teams, and in the majority of cases requiring them to have to adapt quickly to remote working

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had a significant impact on people’s daily habits in a such a short space of time. As a result, many of your employees may be experiencing new thoughts and feelings that are causing them stress.

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Death is something most of us avoid thinking about but, as an employer, it is vital to consider how you support bereaved employees.

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Do you want to support your employees who have been impacted by coronavirus in the best way possible?

Important information regarding coronavirus

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