In a recent survey (April 2020) done by the Academy of Medical Sciences and MQ: Transforming Mental Health, people were asked what they were doing to support their Mental Health during Covid-19:
People described how keeping in regular contact with friends and family, often online, was a key factor in maintaining mental health and wellbeing. Many were enjoying spending time together as a family, and others were benefiting from volunteering and helping others.
Stakeholders and general population respondents shared a range of activities that were keeping them busy and enhancing their sense of wellbeing during the pandemic. These included hobbies, crafts, art, music, reading, film and television and home improvements.
Again, both stakeholders and general population respondents described the beneficial effects of exercise, such as walking, running and online exercise classes. Being able to access nature and the outdoors were also key.
Many people highlighted the relaxing and calming effects of mindfulness and meditation, while others described the importance of faith and prayer. Some people suggested that their pets helped them stay calm.
Some stakeholder respondents explained that they were managing their media intake. Some were minimising their access to news and social media, in order to reduce their levels of anxiety. Some drew comfort from simply following the official guidance on social distancing and staying safe.
Having a daily plan or routine was helping some stakeholders. Others described the importance for their wellbeing of continued access to formal support and care, as well as being looked after by relatives. Both stakeholders and general population respondents described the importance of work in providing a sense of purpose during an otherwise unsettling and uncertain time.
Limitations: The urgency of this work required a quick turnaround of the surveys and the analysis. There are therefore limitations that should be acknowledged. Respondents to the stakeholder survey were self-selecting and had the means to complete it online. Inevitably, this means that the views of individuals who do not have internet access and who are not connected to MQ’s network may not have been captured. Similarly, for the Ipsos online Omnibus it is important to consider the representativeness of online populations, which are likely to underrepresent older people and the socially and financially vulnerable, who do not use the internet or have internet access.... https://s3.eu-central-1.amazonaws.com/www.joinmq.org/Covid-19+-+MQ+and+AMS+public+survey+report+-+April+2020.pdf