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As we are going into winter, with coronavirus levels rising throughout the country, more people are now self-isolating. This is a really important part of the pandemic to help stop the spread of Covid-19, whilst keeping yourself healthy as well as everyone else around us! Some people may be able to easily adapt to the self-isolation lifestyle of being shut indoors, some people have really struggled and found it hard to adapt to this new way of living. Which has led to huge negative impact on people’s mental health throughout this pandemic. More than half of adults and over two thirds of young people said that their mental health has gotten worse during the period of lockdown restrictions, from early April to mid may. With the potential of another lockdown lurking around the corner, we are here to offer our advice on how to make self-isolation a more calming, relaxing and bearable experience whilst keeping our minds healthy.
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Vitamin D, breathing in fresh air, surrounding ourselves with lush greenery and even just the simple pleasure of socialising with friends and family; are all things that we take for granted in our normal lives, these are all the things that we are now missing out on whilst being stuck indoors isolating. Although, there should be no reason on why we should be missing out on these things.
So, here are a few things that we would recommend helping make self-isolation more bearable, whilst helping to keep the mind as healthy as our body when staying safe in the comfort and cleanliness of our own homes.
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Tip 1 – Plan Your Days
When planning your days, we would recommend that you try and keep to a routine, as this can really help prevent those down days and stops you from falling into the downward spiral of low feelings, whilst being stuck inside. Nature is a key factor in helping to maintain a good level of mental health, it is also equally natural and is vital that you keep as close as you can to your natural routine in order to maintain some form of normality within your life. Although, some days this may seem impossible and the last thing you want to do but planning your days will allow you to follow your natural routine and help you make the most of self – isolation and your time.
Here are some suggestions of what you could include within your natural isolation routine:
- Pick up a new hobby, this maybe something you have always wanted to do but kept on putting it to the back of your mind. Now is the time to really focus and work on ourselves by learning new things. This could be - art, cooking, decorating or even gardening.
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- Create a new indoor exercise routine. There are so many online videos you can follow to create that new exercise routine, this may be yoga, Pilates or even just a quick 20-minute HIIT workout.
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- Plan healthy meals for the week which will help you form a natural routine. This is your opportunity to cook that recipe you have always wanted to do but not necessarily had the time for in the past.
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By keeping each day busy and following a scheduled, this allows for your mind to help keep active, whilst passing time without the feeling of loneliness or that you’ve wasted your day. This really shows that by keeping on top of your routine and keeping in mind the infinite possibilities of the future, you can survive self-isolation. This can be achieved on all different ways whether that’s re- painting the spare bedroom you’ve been wanting to do for a while, this allows us to feel fulfilled and
reflect on all the things we can achieve within in self isolation.
Tip 2 – Greenery is Key
Greenery is a key factor to consider when in self isolation. Especially if you are someone who suffers with stressful and intrusive thoughts. One of the first pieces of advice you may be recommended by your GP, friends or family is to go for a walk amongst greenery. This will allow you to immerse yourself within nature and allow for all your tensions and anxieties to fade away. This is great advice as the sensory stimulation of nature’s greenery helps with mental cognition. Although, we all know that nothing can truly ever replace the freedom of being outdoors and surrounding ourselves with nature. But there is a resolution to all of this by bringing nature inside and creating an outdoor environment indoors.
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We would recommend by starting with putting flowers around the house or even house plants, which are both an amazing stress reliever. This is especially relevant if you are working from home. You could start creating your own indoor garden within your home office. Although if you are lucky and blessed enough to have your own garden during self-isolation, this can become your main place to visit to help with your mental health maintenance with its endless greenery and natural light shining through each day. This may just be sitting in the garden and having a cup a tea or even just going around and watering yourplants. On the other hand, if you are not so fortunate to have a garden, do not worry! You can create indoor garden spaces throughout your home and will allow you achieve the same effects. This could be in its most simplest form of a potted plant to even creating your own little herb garden in the kitchen. All of this will alleviate the tensions that comes with Corona Virus.
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Also looking after plants will help you maintain a daily routine, which is something everyone can struggle with when being stuck indoors.
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Tip 3 – Let that Natural Light Shine Through
Although we are now approaching autumn/winter, we should do all we can to help make the most of this wonderful season, even if we are still isolating. This may be achieved by opening your windows in the morning to allow that cool crisp breeze to flow through your room. Whilst allowing that natural light to glisten through your home and help revitalise you along with all your house plants and flowers that you have around your house. Natural light provides a source of vitamin D whilst promoting a feeling of wellbeing. Although this may not be a cure to our mental health there are so many benefits we can reap from natural light. This is definitely an essential we would recommend for survival of self – isolating.
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Tip 4 – Try and Stay Connected
Finally, our last tip is to try and stay connected with friends and family, although this may be difficult within isolation but staying connected will really help with loneliness. Although some people may not struggle or have any problems with staying in contact or are not fazed by having a break from socialising. Some people can really struggle with there mental health when not being able to socialise or be in the company of others. Which makes it more important than ever to try and maintain these connections with friends and family even ifthis has to be virtually.
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Did you know that loneliness can be the hardest part of self-isolating, but with all these modern developments in the world of technology, there are so many ways in which we can stay in contact with all our friends and family? This may be through a video call on zoom, to picking up a phone call from a friend or having a virtual games night with your family. There are endless possibilities in the way we can stay connected with friends and family and in this current time is more important than ever before.
These are all great tips in aiding survival within self-isolation and help to create a more mindful environment for our mental health.
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