Self-isolation is one of the methods used to help minimise the spread of Coronavirus. Although this is an essential part of the process, it is becoming more apparent that our efforts to do so can prove extremely frustrating for many people. Particularly, as for a large number of people it poses as a major disruption to daily lives, especially if it means being unable to do things like you normally do, such as going out to work and socialising etc.
Although the temporary change can be annoying, remember it is a necessary step for the general welfare of ourselves and to others. And as it is beyond our control right now, there are some things you can do to make it more bearable for you and perhaps look at it in a different way; one that will feel more suited to you.
Here are some ways to help you during self-isolation if you are feeling healthy:
Your state of mind affects everything you do. It is natural to have worries and fears as we go through this uncertain period, but we need to manage and even compartmentalise this situation somehow, if only to help carry us through on a daily basis.
While this situation it is out of our control, and I know it is tough, we can choose to focus on the things we can control, however small. This could be as simple as organising a drawer or paperwork. This way you are focusing on your present task in hand, giving no thought to other things. And once you have completed the task, you will feel you have accomplished something, giving way to a more positive state of mind.
Reminding yourself of the things you are grateful for in your life can help reposition the compass of your life to what truly matters on a deeper level. This will help to maintain a more positive approach.
Remember, there are no rule books here, just feel your way through it and do what makes you feel good.
Write it out
Writing is a way of expressing and releasing pent-up emotions. So, try writing everything down. This can include your innermost thoughts and feelings. It doesn’t have to make sense either, just the process in itself can be very cathartic and if this makes you want to burst into tears, while doing so; then let them out. Eventually, you’ll get to a point where you can write no more and that’s okay. If you feel it helps, write more often.
It will help to put some routines in place, while you are at home; this includes an exercise routine. Not only will this help you feel good. It will also give you a goal to aim for help you maintain a positive frame of mind.
It doesn’t matter what type of exercise you do, there are many you can do from the comfort of your own home such as Pilates, yoga, dancing and there are also many virtual workouts you can join in with too!
Managing your stress is necessary to keep you healthy, both mentally and physically. Do something that helps you unwind and relax. You could try a guided meditation or visualisation; this will help to calm your mind and re-focus it. This way, if ever you start to feel anxious, stepping into this quiet state will help you regain balance in your life and a sense of peace and perspective.
If meditating is not your thing perhaps, do something else that helps you relax, such as reading, listening to some soothing music or sitting leisurely in the garden.
Self-care is part of relaxing, so set aside some time just for you and just ‘be’. This could include taking a leisurely bath, pampering yourself with home treatments such as applying a face mask, a hair conditioning treatment, painting your nails. Take the time to take care of you, looking after yourself is necessary because you are important.
This time is perfect for finding new ways to get creative, such as trying out new recipes while making the most of the ingredients you have; you’ll be amazed at how resourceful you can be. Crafting and creating something out of very few items can be very rewarding and fun too! You can do this by yourself or with your children too.
Learn something new
This is a great opportunity to learn something you’ve always wanted to. This could be a new skill, a language or even an instrument you’ve always wanted to learn, but never had the chance before. There are so many virtual courses now to help you, and who knows you may discover a hidden talent!
While you may be self-isolating, there is no need to feel alone. We are going through this together. The beauty of the internet means that you can have video calls with loved ones, email each other and remember you can also talk to each other on the phone. Social media is also a way of staying in touch with people and staying connected.
Use this time to bond, communicate and connect with your family or friends you live with too.
Remember, this is a temporary situation and it will pass, and you never know, what you discover during this time may even inspire and empower you to adapt and implement some changes to your lifestyle as you move through this new ‘normal’ circumstance.
By Pamela Sommers
Pamela Sommers is the award-winning & bestselling author of ‘Life Lessons from a 40 something…’ , ‘Building Castles In The Sky : How To Make Your Dreams Come True’ & ‘Fabulously You : live a Life You Love’. She is also the Founder of SommerSparkle, an award-winning online boutique providing jewellery & accessories for special occasions
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