The new coronavirus is still having an impact on how we go about our daily lives. That's why we should generally still stay at home. But this has a huge impact on our daily lives. How can we best deal with these extraordinary challenges? Find out here how you can look after your health and where you can get help if you need it.
Stay active – good for body and soul
Regular physical activity is good for us. It strengthens the body, improves our mood, reduces stress and anxiety, and boosts the immune system.
If you’re over 65 or have an underlying medical condition, you are considered to be at high risk. Staying active is therefore particularly important. Try to do some strengthening exercises and improve your stamina. Whatever you do, follow your doctor’s recommendations and look for tips and advice from the various health leagues.
Don’t sit for a long time without breaks
If you’re often at home or work from home, get up at a regular time. Give your day some structure. Gymnastic or stretching exercises are a good option.
Do strength exercises such as knee bends, press-ups, core muscle training or other exercises. Be creative, use objects such as water bottles, a full rucksack and heavy books instead of weights and dumbbells.
- Play badminton or table tennis, try juggling or skipping.
- Do coordination and stretching exercises.
- Use the fitness and training videos available online. Share the best ones with your friends.
- Try out training apps.
- Dance to your favourite music, also with your partner and kids.
- If you have a home trainer or cross trainer you haven’t used for a long time, get on and get going!
- Go out onto the balcony or into your garden and open the windows to let in some fresh air.
Exercise tips and recommendations from the Network Health-Enhancing Physical Activity (in German, French oder Italian): hepa.ch
You can find answer to FAQs on sport on the FAQ page.
Anxiety, loneliness and conflict – where to get help
Within the space of just a few weeks, the new coronavirus significantly altered our day-to-day lives. That can create uncertainty. Perhaps you feel stressed or lonely, or have concerns and fears, or are experiencing difficulties in your family or relationship. The following links provide a range of tips and advice.
General sources of advice
- www.dureschnufe.ch offers advice and where to get help on the issues of family, working from home, financial worries, media overload, problems at home, feelings of isolation and loneliness, and addiction.
- www.hilf-jetzt.ch: Finding or setting up self-help groups
- Die Dargebotene Hand: Call 143
- Pro Mente Sana Advice line: 0848 800 858
- Pro Juventute emergency no. for children: Call 147
- Pro Juventute parental counselling: Call 058 261 61 61
- Victim Support Switzerland provides phone numbers and email addresses for anonymous advice and protection throughout Switzerland.
- In an emergency, call the police on 117
Sources of advice on addiction in general
- Online and anonymous counselling on all matters of addiction (in German): www.safezone.ch
- Detailed information on addictive substances and behavioural addictions (in German): www.suchtschweiz.ch
- Support for parents regarding addictive substances and behavioural addictions (in German): www.feel-ok.ch
Sources of advice on specific addictions (media and gaming, smoking, alcohol)
- Tips for parents on online media consumption by children of all ages (in German): www.projuventute.ch
- Information and advice on online gaming and gambling: www.sos-spielsucht.ch/en or 24h helpline 0800 040 080
- Tips for smokers: Support and information in German, French and Italian: www.stopsmoking.ch
- Counselling in German, French, Italian and English: Tel. 0848 000 181 and www.rauchstopplinie.ch
- Printed information in Romansh, Spanish, Portuguese, Albanian, Turkish and Serbo-Croatian: www.rauchstopplinie.ch
- Swiss Association for the Prevention of Smoking: portal.at-schweiz.ch
- FAQ: 'Does smoking increase the risk of developing a serious case of COVID-19 and of dying from the disease?'
- In the event of problems with alcohol consumption: Information and sources of advice at www.alkoholkonsum.ch and www.anonyme-alkoholiker.ch
Last modification 23.06.2020