While the term ‘self-isolation’ can leave people feeling an urgent sense of fear at the prospect of spending time alone for the foreseeable, it’s important to have a plan in place for how you will cope whilst social distancing.
Whether you will be spending your self-isolation working from home or your organisation has shut down in response to the pandemic, we have put together 5 tips for coping during this challenging time.
1. Check in with family, friends and teammates
If you’re particularly struggling with the loneliness aspect of self-isolation, a simple ‘hello’ to a friend, family member or teammate can go a long way. Whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, human contact is essential and being without it can make some feel anxious and on edge.
Luckily with the advancement in technology, self-isolation doesn’t mean we have to spend 2 weeks on our own with no contact from the outside world. Regular contact is essential during these hard times, having little to no communication will have a severe impact on mental health and well-being.
Ensure you allocate times to contact peers, this could be through SMS, social media messenger chat, mobile phone call and probably most importantly, video call.
Remember, you may not see people for days or even weeks, so chatting to a familiar face through a video call is essential to keeping up high spirits.
Set up some space in either a bedroom or living room and get moving. This could be doing some yoga to calm the mind or getting the endorphins flowing by following a high-intensity routine. Whatever exercise routine you chose to follow, it is a great way to switch off from the outside world.
3. Retain a normal sleeping pattern
If you experience a severe sense of boredom during the self-isolation period, it can be tempting to take yourself off to bed for a couple of hours during the day.
During this challenging time, it can be easy to get wrapped up in rumours and false information surrounding the pandemic, but this can lead to severe worry and anxiety. Take time to read information using verified news outlets and keep up to date with news bulletins every day.
Top tip: don’t believe everything you read on social media.
5. Positivity Prevails
It can be very easy to sit back and dwell on everything that is happening in the world, but it’s not going to make a difference and will leave you feeling worse about the situation.
It’s no secret that self-isolating will make people feel lonelier and more anxious about the future that lies ahead, so, follow these 5 simple steps to combatting the blues. And don’t forget, this lifestyle change will not last forever.