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Post COVID 19 Recovery Leaflet

It can be normal to feel tired, weak or short of breath after you are discharged from hospital. However, being active can help you recover quicker. This booklet is designed to give you simple advice to help you recover after your admission to hospital with Covid-19.

How much can I do? ISCP Advice CovidRecovery
On discharge from hospital you can exercise outside your home in accordance with government restrictions. Your aim over the next few weeks should be to increase your activities gradually. However, in order to achieve this, you will need to pace yourself. Regular exercise is good for you but keep in mind that it will take you time to get back to your normal activities.

• Start slowly and introduce new activities gradually 
• Set yourself realistic targets each week 
• Rest when you feel tired
• Do not compare yourself to others

It is important to monitor your breathlessness when you exercise. You should exercise at a level whereby you are slightly out of breath but still able to talk.

Pacing
Don’t worry if you feel more tired and that you have less energy than usual. This is normal and may last for up to 6-8 weeks. The key is to ‘listen to your body’ and slow down. Take more rests and change how you do daily tasks. Try and plan your day; ensuring balance with your daily activities and some exercise.

Energy Management
Use energy saving techniques like sitting on a stool to do the ironing/gardening or when preparing food. When you take some timeout to rest, try to get into the prone position, this means lying in your front. You can use cushions and pillows to make yourself more comfortable.

Stress Management
Feeling anxious about having had Covid-19 is understandable. One way to manage your stress/anxiety is to stay in contact with people. Try to talk to a friend or family member daily online or on the phone or take time to read a book, do a crossword or watch a TV programme you enjoy. Contact your GP if you feel your anxiety and stress isn’t manageable.

Walking
Walking is one of the simplest but best ways to begin to regain your strength and fitness. 

How much walking to do?
The following is a guide only. After 6 weeks you should aim to be walking at least 30 minutes 5 days of the week. This walking should be reasonably fast so that you are slightly out of breath (you should still be able to ‘talk and walk’). Try to plan your walks e.g. is there somewhere you can take a break if you feel tired or breathless, like a wall or a bench to sit on.

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