I think we are all aware that staying inside for a long period of time can have a negative impact on our mental health. It’s important that we do as much as we can to keep ourselves in a good headspace whilst following the self-isolation rules.
The worst thing we can be doing is locking ourselves in our bedrooms with no form of social communication at all, so we need to look at how we can do this safely. How we can keep in touch with our loved ones without physically seeing them if they don’t live in our household.
Here’s a list of a few things you can do to look after yourself:
STOCK UP ON MEDICATION
If you are on a medication that you have to take every day, whether that is for your physical or mental health, make sure you have enough. For Example, with my prescription, I’m going to make sure I’ve got another months worth whilst I still have about 10 tablets left. I don’t want to be risking having none left and my local pharmacy not having the stock in as quick as they usually do, be prepared!
MAKE SURE YOU DO YOUR ONE FORM OF EXERCISE
As much as you might want to spend all day watching ‘Love is Blind’ on Netflix or playing Animal Crossing on switch it’s not the best thing for you. All you need is an hour to go a little walk to jog around your housing estate or local park and you will feel SO MUCH BETTER for getting out and getting some fresh air. I’m ever so lucky that I live next to a big reservoir so I’m making the most of it and biking around once a day or every other day as it’s 10 miles all the way around.
Even though you’re not able to go out and physically meet your friends it doesn’t mean that you’re not able to talk to them. I would try to arrange facetime dates with them so you have something to look forward to and you’re still keeping in contact and checking up on each other. The same goes for the elderly in your family, if they’re not facetime savvy then you can give them a phone call and have a chat about anything and everything whilst making sure they are ok.
KEEP A ROUTINE
When you’re not working it’s easy to fall into a bad sleeping pattern of going to bed at 2am and waking up the next day at noon. Although this might feel chilled to start with it will soon start to affect your health and happiness. The way to avoid that happening is to keep a good bedtime routine in place such as going to sleep at 10:30 and setting an alarm to get up at 8:30am. It will help to keep that little bit of normality in your life so everything isn’t totally off wack.
SET YOURSELF DAILY TASKS
There are a few ways you could go about setting tasks for yourself, firstly, you could write down 3 things you want to accomplish that day. That way you have some tasks to keep a point to your day, even if they’re small things like strip the bedding and do the washing. The other option is to make yourself a timetable like what you would have had at school.
8:30: Wake up and Have Breakfast
10:00: Task one which could be to do some blogging or a school subject if you’re studying
11:30: Play a board game with the family
1:00: Make Lunch and Tidy up
1:30: Do a form of exercise
2:30: Reply to some emails or do another school subject
4:00: Do some Washing and Cleaning
5:00: Make dinner and Tidy up
6:00: Watch a movie or play a games console
8:00: Take some time for self-care like a bath, a facemask or reading a book.
10:30: Wind down and Go to sleep
Although we aren’t allowed to go outside to socialize it doesn’t mean we can’t go out into the garden. This could be the time to play some flowers, do some landscaping or sit outside and read a book and have a cuppa tea.
How are you looking after your mental health?
If you’re stuck on what to do in Isolation you can check out my post 50 THINGS TO DO INSIDE