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Self-isolating getting you down?

Published March 29, 2020 at 9:41 am

I have heard from a number who are struggling with self-isolating. Whilst they are aware it’s necessary and potentially a life saver, their mood and mental health are suffering badly.
With this in mind, I thought it might be helpful to share some ideas for keeping up our spirits in this time of national crisis.

Here are a few ideas:

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• Speak to family and friends regularly. Better still, video link them. You might want to think about linking up with an on-line group of friends too
• Eat as healthily as you can, incorporating fresh vegetables and fruit in your daily diet. You may want to look at how you can experiment with cooking and maybe try out new recipes
• Exercise daily, go for a walk (social distancing of course) if you can’t do this look on-line at an exercise regime you can do. You may also want to look at cycling if you have a bike of course. There is really no excuse, even whilst sitting in a chair you can exercise. Try to give yourself daily/weekly tasks
• Do some gardening if you have one, there are plenty of weeds this time of year
• Make a list of jobs around the house that you haven’t had the time to do or have simply been putting off. Now is the time!
• Do a jigsaw (if you haven’t got one, a neighbour or a friend may have one you could borrow)
• Look through your books and prioritise which ones you want to read first, perhaps making a list. You might even start or join an on-line book club
• Think about things you have wanted to do in a while, this might include learning a language, learning a new skill etc. This doesn’t have to be expensive as you can You tube anything these days.
• Make a list of DVDs’ you might want to re-watch. If you are lucky enough to have streaming networks, make a ‘favourites’ list
• Look at volunteer agencies that might be able to use your skills. This obviously, will be at a distance and may include using your PC or telephone
• Avoid watching updates on the news or through social media if you are feeling anxious or particularly low in mood.

The above list is not exhaustive, but at least it might help to give you a few ideas to help pass the time. You never know, you may learn something!

Stay safe and well.