Looking after your mental and physical health during Covid-19

As more businesses temporarily close and people are asked to restrict their movements, we find ourselves in an unusual position, but it’s important to remember that we are not alone. All across Sligo and the wider region there are a string of online activities and ideas to help you feel connected and maintain good mental and physical health.

Download a book

Through the Sligo Library website – sligolibrary.ie/digitalservices – you can download newspapers, eBooks, audiobooks and online magazines for free. You can also access over 400 online courses, including language courses. This service is open to current and new library members.

Go on a virtual tour

We may be confined to our homes over the coming days/weeks, but there’s still lots to explore – virtually at least. Dublin Zoo has live web cams set up so that you can meet a variety of the animals and many museums around the world are offering virtual tours that can be enjoyed free of charge.

Enjoy the breeze

Under current COVID-19 restrictions, we must not venture beyond 2km outside our homes.  But there are plenty of others ways to enjoy fresh air – sitting in the garden, or even just opening all the windows in the house – will allow for a lovely relaxing breeze.

Join an online exercise class

To help you keep fit there are a bunch of resources online, you’ll find everything from dance classes to yoga and meditation, but our personal favourite is the live Pilates done by Sligo Pilates – they cover relaxation, as well as tough and easy exercises. Check out their Facebook page to see when the next live class starts.

Listen to your favourite music

Break out your CD/record collection and groove to your favourite tunes. For anyone craving some live music, or even wanting to join a jamming session check out the Sligo Musicians Online Festival Facebook page.

Stay in touch with loved ones

Maintaining healthy relationships with people you love is important for your mental wellbeing. Talk to friends and family by phone, messaging apps, or video calls regularly and try to take care of each other form a distance.