Ask Anna: Wellbeing

Take a look at the questions we’ve been asked about wellbeing during the pandemic. Click the question to read Anna’s response.
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I just feel so anxious. About everything. Any money setbacks would be the last straw. Is there anywhere I can turn?
When it comes to money, Quids in! readers tell us our greatest service is showing them they’re not alone. We’re going to have find more ways to beat anxiety. Keep in contact with friends and family by any and all means, from phone and Skype to Facebook. The website good-thinking.uk has tips to try to reduce anxiety, sleeplessness, stress or feeling low. Look up relaxation techniques on YouTube. Or contact giveusashout.org for text support right away. Things may seem tough right now but everything changes. Samaritans are also on hand day and night, call 116 123, or email jo@samaritans.org (response time 24 hours)
I’m diabetic and I’m struggling to juggle my money, food and my health. Any pointers?

If you are already living with a pre-exisiting medical condition like diabetes, it’s completely valid to feel extra anxiety. There are things you can control: stock up on a week’s worth of medical supplies, insulin and food, if you can, so you don’t have to keep visiting the shops.

Get in touch with your local pharmacy and GP to discuss support, and if there are prescription delivery services available. Think about how to access healthy food to manage your diabetes, and how to exercise enough.

For more ideas, have a look at our information on cheap, healthy recipes, and where to get support with mental health and wellbeing. If you are unable to work or your finances have been impacted, have a look at our section relating to Money. For further support, visit nhs.uk/conditions/diabetes/

I am getting more and more calls from numbers I don’t know. What’s going on?

Scam calls have been on the up since the pandemic. Some are even offering help from the government to write off all our debts, for example.

As older people are often targeted, Age UK have some good advice on how we can all protect ourselves:

  1. Never reveal personal details – even if our bank rings us, tell them they need to prove who THEY are
  2. Hang up – this is no time for politeness, don’t accept anything dodgy
  3. Call them back – ask for a number and, if possible, look up at that number online to check it’s legit
  4. Don’t be rushed – scammers will pressure us so we don’t notice what they’re up to, if they’re pushy, hang up! If the caller really has our interests at heart, they’ll understand.

See more: ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/money-legal/scams-fraud/phone-scams/

Are there any charities which provide free laptops or tablets?

An organisation called Wavelength offer free TV’s, radio and tablets for people in need. Look at their website to see if you meet the criteria: wavelength.org.uk

Turn2us have a grants finder that includes funding for tech devices. You can find it here: grants-search.turn2us.org.uk