During this uncertain and unusual time, it's important to remember the basics and ensure we are taking good care of ourselves and each other.
The requirement for social distancing and self-isolation cause a national shift to home working, something many British workers haven't experienced before.
We've put together some top tips to ensure you are taking good care of your physical and mental health while self-isolating.
During times of isolation, staying in touch with friends and family is essential for wellbeing, boosting morale by sharing some support and positivity. Connect with them regularly, via phone, video calls & social media. We particularly recommend using free platforms such as Skype and Facetime, as if you're feeling a little down, what better way to cheer you up than the face of a loved one?!
Try home workouts & maintain hobbies where possible. We particularly recommend the NHS 10-minute home workouts- they’re super easy to do at home!
Eat Well & Stay Hydrated
It’s easy to fall into bad habits when routine is disrupted – especially when space is limited and boredom creeping in. However, it’s important to eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of water, improving your physical and mental wellbeing. While many are unable to buy food in the traditional manner, other options are available: are you able to order food online for home delivery?
Reduce Internet Expose
It’s good to stay informed and educate yourself, but make sure your only sourcing (and sharing) content from trusted sources such as Gov, NHS & BBC. Try not to make assumptions, overthink or sensationalise things. Social media can often contain unreliable information, scaremongering content and false news. Take a deep breath, and turn of your phone if you need to.
Many of us rely on routine. In times like this, when routine has been swept from beneath us, establishing a routine that somewhat reflects a ‘normal day’ is important. Distinguish a clear difference between weekdays and weekends, making time to relax and practice self-care. Although it may be tempting, wake up at a consistent time each day- you’ll feel much better for it!
Take care of your environment
Keep your home/place of isolation clean and tidy. A clear space equals a clear mind! Plus maintaining a clean environment will stop germs spreading and reduce risk.
Keep yourself busy: get out that book you've been meaning to read, run a bath, thought about meditation? Try something new! Not everything has to be tech-based, let go back to basics and rediscover some past interests.