How to protect your mental health during self-isolation | 5 tips to safeguard your wellbeing
To stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), follow the UK government guidelines and only leave the house when necessary. The issue is that social isolation causes its own problems, particularly for our mental health. Here are five steps you can take right now to help protect your mental wellbeing during the COVID-19 self-isolation.
Create a routine
Whether you're working from home or missing your morning gym session, chances are that your whole routine has changed. This can leave you wondering how to fill your day, and how to stay productive. Shift these feelings by building a "new normal". Create a routine by:
- Getting up at the same time each day
- Setting a work schedule
- Scheduling time for relaxation, exercise and other fun activities
- Keeping a regular bedtime
- Eating at set times
Take care of your body
Protecting your mental health means looking after your body, too. Just because you're isolating doesn't mean you should ignore your physical wellbeing. Here are some tips to stay well.
- Try home workouts such as yoga.
- Eat as healthily as possible.
- Stay hydrated.
- Get up and move around.
- Get enough sleep.
- Start a new skin care routine.
Most importantly of all, keep washing your hands!
Limit media intake
Unsurprisingly, there's considerable media coverage of the COVID-19 outbreak across the world. And with so much time on our hands, it's easy to spend hours scrolling through social media and news outlets for information. The problem is that obsessively reading through COVID-19 updates can cause anxiety, depression and stress. So, what should you do instead? Some suggestions:
- Get your updates from reliable sources.
- Take time away from news channels.
- Only use social media a handful of times per day.
Let's be honest — a pandemic is exhausting. Despite everything changing around us, we're still expected to work from home, run households, keep children healthy and happy, and eat healthily. We're also dealing with a whole host of new, difficult questions, including:
- How will I get groceries?
- How often should I wash my hands and disinfect surfaces?
- When can I see my family and friends again?
- When will I get my old life back?
The best thing you can do? Give yourself a break. This is a temporary — albeit highly stressful — situation, and you're doing the best you can. Cut yourself some slack and don't burn yourself out.
Focus on the positive
If you feel like your life has been turned upside down by the COVID-19 lockdown, don't panic. It's natural to feel this way. However, it's important to remember why we're doing this. By staying home, we can stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives. Think of the positives rather than the negatives of this situation, and you'll find that the lockdown is easier to bear.
Here are some techniques to try:
- Focus on what you can do, rather than what you can't.
- Learn a new skill.
- Prioritise self-care.
- Reread your favourite book or rewatch a good film.
- Remember that it will get better.
The COVID-19 outbreak won't last forever, so try to keep things in perspective.
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