Find out about:
- what social distancing means
- wellbeing during social distancing
- outdoor exercise while social distancing
What social distancing means
Wellbeing during social distancing
Social distancing can be boring and frustrating. Your mood and feelings may be affected, you may feel low, worried, or have problems sleeping. You might miss being out of your home and being with other people. Take care of your mental wellbeing while staying at home.
Avoid unhealthy patterns of behaviour (which can make you feel worse), by doing simple things to stay mentally and physically well:
- spend time doing things you enjoy, like reading, cooking, indoor hobbies, listening to the radio, watching TV
- eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water, exercise regularly, and try to avoid smoking, alcohol and drugs
- open windows to let in fresh air, get natural sunlight, or go into the garden
- find out about exercises you can do at home (NHS)
Outdoor exercise while social distancing
Many rural areas such as parks, woodland and forests are suitable for exercising outdoors, whilst following government guidance on social distancing.
You can go outdoors if you stay more than 2 metres away from other people and avoid crowded areas. There are plenty of walking routes, of variable lengths, in and around York.
- city centre to Beningborough: follow the River Ouse on the east bank heading north west
- city centre to Bishopthorpe: follow the River Ouse on the west bank and head south west
- Poppleton to Redhouse Wood: follow the River Ouse on the west bank and head north west
A number of online resources are available to help guide you when getting out and about, with details of walks in rural areas in and around the city:
- Wildlife walks around York (iTravel)
- York Civic Trust heritage walks around York
- Countryside walks
- Parks and open spaces directory