Are you all alone? Are you feeling scared or vulnerable? Do you need some encouraging words on how to deal with self-isolation?
The world has become a crazy place and many of us have been in self-isolation due to COVID-19. But if you’re all alone when self-isolating, how can you deal with it without going cray-cray?
Maybe you’re that person who is quite content to be alone. But loneliness can take hold without warning. So, if you are completely alone AND feeling a little lonely here are my top tips to keep you sane and healthy.
“Yes, there is isolation and physical distancing, but there doesn’t have to be loneliness.” ~ @sussexroyal
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Reach Out To Your Friends And Family
Ok, so maybe you can’t go out and meet your friends or family in person but you can still stay in contact with them. Check-in with them each day. Or even schedule an online “party” where you can all catch up via video chat.
More people are turning to video chat amid coronavirus lockdowns and quarantines.
Some great apps and programs you can use for this include:
Using Facetime on your phone is a great way to stay connected.
Using a Zoom Room is another way to stay in touch. If you have the paid version you can create a group conversation.
Another great way to have a private or even a group text conversation. I was lucky that my workmates created a group within WhatsApp for us all to stay in touch and share our days.
Facebook Messenger is another great way to keep a conversation flowing.
Facebook Messenger Room
This is a new concept that is currently being rolled out to Facebook. Facebook users are able to create a video chat room via Facebook or the Messenger app and invite up to 50 people to join a video call!
Do you have a friend or family member who might be doing it tough? Reach out to them via a simple text message. This might be just what they need in times like this.
Create A Vlog
What is a Vlog? It’s a video blog. Basically, you can share your day, your experiences and your life via video. Then upload your video to Youtube, your Facebook page or anywhere else you like to use or watch video.
Staying healthy during this time is very important. If you are someone who would go to the gym every day or likes to catch up with friends for drinks on a Friday, then having to self isolate is going to prove challenging.
If you find yourself stuck indoors for long lengths of time, you are likely to suffer from “cabin fever” at some point. I know, I did.
Boost Your Immunity
It’s important to stay healthy at times like this. Continue to eat a balanced diet and take your supplements.
Eat lots of fresh foods, and avoid too much processed or take away meals. Don’t snack too often, but note that it’s ok to have the occasional snack.
Continue To Exercise
Home workouts can be very effective. You can find great workout channels on Youtube, or even create your own. Use household items as weights, try body weight exercises, or HIIT.
Some of my favourite online fitness gurus include:
Centr (with Chris Hemsworth)
Get outside if you can. Sitting indoors for too long is not good for your health. You need fresh air and sunshine.
Do you have a yard or garden? If so, get out there every day and water the plants, do a little digging, go barefoot in the grass.
Keep To A Routine
Humans always thrive better when following a routine. I’m guessing your normal routine is no longer happening? If so, it’s time to create some kind of routine that you can follow daily.
Set your alarm for a regular wake-up time. Treat your days as if they are normal working days.
Have your morning shower
Schedule your meals
Learn Something New
Learn A New Skill
Is there something you’ve been wanting to learn but have put it off because you don’t have the time? Well, now you have all the time in the world so, no excuses are allowed anymore.
Learn A Language
There are many great apps and free lessons available online for learning a new language.
Duolingo is a great one to try.
Limit Your Time Reading News And Social Media
I know this might be a big ask, but there are so many stories out there right now, and not many of them are positive. It’s ok to stay up to date but if you find yourself drowning in negativity, then it’s time to limit your intake.
Limit your news reading to once or twice a day. I like to catch up in the morning and evening only.
Too many people are sharing stories of doom and gloom, and this is not good for your mental health. Plus, there’s the issue of “fake news”.
Create A Welcoming Atmosphere
Your home might be feeling like a prison right now. Those four walls might be closing in bit by bit. but it doesn’t have to feel this way. Here are some inspiring tips.
Switch On Your Christmas Lights
Pretty fairy lights don’t have to be kept only for Christmas. Take your lights out of storage and set them up.
Rearrange The Furniture
A change is as good as a holiday they say, so why not make a change in your home. Move your furniture to a different position, lay a new rug on the floor, bring some of your outdoor plants inside to brighten up your space.
Declutter Your Wardrobe
When was the last time you went through your wardrobe? Now is a great time to do just that. Start with items of clothing you haven’t worn in 12 months.
If you’re saving it for that moment when “it might fit” again – ditch it.
If it’s seasonal clothing that you didn’t wear at all that season – ditch it.
If it needs mending and has needed mending for months – either mend it or ditch it.
Sort the ditched clothing into two piles – trash or donate.
COVID-19 is a serious threat to us, and coping with self-isolation is something we are all still learning. If you have any tips or ideas on how to deal with self-isolation, please share in the comments.