The forced self-isolation we are all going through right now can have an impact on our mental wellbeing. We have been forced to put a pause on life as we know it – staying at home, not visiting family and friends and with few options for recreation and fun. What do we do? Here are some tips:
- Have a plan for your day and set objectives. Achieving what you have planned will generate a sense of accomplishment.
- If you have a garden or outside space, take the time to sit there, or even at an open window. Fresh air is good for you and helps clear your mind.
- Do some exercise, even if it just running on the spot! It will reduce stress, increase energy levels and lift your mood.
- Make some time for things other than work, homeschooling and house chores. Make an effort to spend quality time with your family and make happy memories that you will carry with you for the rest of your lives.
- If your world at home has been turned upside down and it feels that there isn’t enough time in the day to do everything that is now needed, be patient with yourself and take breaks. It will do you the world of good.
- Stay in touch with your family and friends that you cannot spend time with. Use video calls – WhatsApp, Zoom, Skype.
- Still have fun with your friends by having a virtual drink, games evening, karaoke and keep your book clubs going.
- Stay positive by practising gratitude. There are always things in our life we can be thankful for.
- Reflect on your day every day. If you had a plan and you did just one thing, you achieved something.
- Always find something to smile about – it will warm your heart.
Yours in Adapting & Being