Keeping your Mental Health in check during self-isolation.

Kate Shropshall 31-03-2020

Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health during this period of isolation. It is so easy to fall out of your normal habits when your normal routine stops. The trick to keeping your mental health in check during quarantine is to adapt your routine. Find a new routine that works for you and keeps you productive in new ways.

We’ve listed some ‘Dos’ below that will help you make sure your mental health and your mind set stay positive.

1.DO plan your days in the morning -When you wake up, make a list of things you want to achieve that day and tick them off as you go. It will give you that sense of achievement throughout your day.

2.DO keep a routine. Make sure you’re sticking to normal sleeping hours. Not getting enough sleep or sleeping/napping at the wrong times can have a very negative impact on your mental health. Also getting up at your normal time and taking the time to get washed and dressed as normal in the morning can also make you feel more positive, productive and ready to take on the day.

3.DO stay connected. It is so important to stay connected to your friends and family. There are so many apps now that allow us to see people we’re talking to. It is a sure-fire way to put a smile on your face and theirs and you can continue to have new conversations with whoever you choose.

4.DO take a break from the news. Limit the time you spend reading updates on the news about Coronavirus. Too much information can make you feel overwhelmed quickly. It’s important to stay in the know of recent updates but limit yourself to around half an hour a day. It’s also important to avoid untrustworthy news sources. Social media can be filled with inaccurate and worrying status updates. You can avoid these by putting a filter on what topics you see in your newsfeed on Twitter or simply only using trustworthy sources to get updates.

5. DO keep productive. This is the perfect opportunity to get around to doing those chores that you never have time to do! Even if you’re working from home, saving the time on your commute may be that extra half an hour you need to get that chore done you’ve been meaning to do for months! Write a list of chores you want to do and tick them as you go, a great way to get that sense of achievement back into your daily life. Or maybe you’ve wanted to learn a new skill that you can do from home? Get researching some new hobbies and take the time to learn something new!

6. DO keep a healthy diet. It is so important to keep your diet healthy whilst eating meals at your normal times. Try to eat fresh foods, not processed as this will keep your immune system in tip top condition. Now is also the perfect time to try a new recipe.

7. DO stay active. Exercise and staying active should still be part of your daily routine. It releases endorphins, which in turn will boost your mood. There are several Personal Trainers and Gyms that are offering home workout videos on social media for free. 12x3 Gym are offering home workout videos on their Instagram page (@12x3gym). If you don’t have access to social media, then one form of daily exercise is recommended like a walk or run outside.

8.DO keep telling yourself that this won’t last forever.

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