Advice Column: Coronavirus Top Tips

Thursday 14th May 2020

As part of the Citizens Advice Exeter and The Express and Echo weekly advice column, this week we focus on top tips for self-isolating due to the Coronavirus.

I am at home isolating from the Coronavirus, and wondered if you had any tips for things that I could do whilst I have some time on my hands?

We asked our staff and volunteers for their ideas. Here is a selection:

  1. Most importantly, make sure you look after your well-being. Mind has a really helpful guide on its website: See:


  1. Try new recipes, use up all the strange ingredients in your cupboards so that your spend on food goes down


  1. Have a clear out of anything you no longer want or which no longer fits you. Prepare for re-selling once restrictions are lifted. If you are donating unwanted items to charity, make sure you include a gift aid declaration with it.


  1. Do a deep clean of your house, including the dreaded cooker, bathrooms etc. It will give you a sense of achievement and is good exercise.


  1. Tackle the tax return early!


  1. Check bank and credit card statements for last year, are there subscriptions or regular payments you don’t recognise? Consider cancelling any subscriptions you no longer use.


  1. Listen to the birds and the background noises (most places are so much quieter now).


  1. Contact those people you always meant to get in touch with again, but haven’t.


  1. Don’t feel guilty at “doing nothing”, and make sure you treat yourself once in a while




Please visit: for information about what Coronavirus may mean for you.

Look out for our column next week when we focus on support for the self employed

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