I’m about to go into my eleventh week of isolation and I’m not sure where the time has gone. My day-to-day life has completely changed and I still haven’t managed to find routine or purpose and I think this is similar to many people like me that are no longer working at the moment. I live in a household full of amazing key workers that are working hard throughout the day, so it seems harder to be sitting around feeling unproductive.
My mental health has certainly taken a dip, my goal is day is just to get through it at the moment so I have been working on some things to keep mentally healthy in this time, which I thought I would share.
Keeping in Touch – Internet access and apps such as HouseParty and Zoom make it possible for us to stay connected. Keeping in touch with people you care about is something that I have found really useful. Just seeing another face through the screen and having that sense of togetherness is really comforting. I’ve had longer catch ups with people I have lost touch with than I have had in a very long time.
Practice Mindfulness – Practising mindfulness has become something I aim to practice every single day. I try to do it as soon as I wake up because it sets me up for the day. I would suggest using apps such as Headspace and Insight Timer, they both offer different guided meditations for free.
Limit Social Media – Social media has definitely taken up a significant amount of my time, more than I would like to admit. I’ve found limiting my time on social media helps. The world is filled with a lot of confusion right now so taking some time to switch off can be helpful.
Limiting News Intake – When the pandemic started back in March, I found myself watching the news constantly waiting for updates and watching the death toll rise and it made my anxiety a lot worse. I think this is something a lot of people can relate too at the moment, as many of my friends have been experiencing similar feelings. I tend to check the news once every few days and be more concious when I am consuming it. I’ve found happy articles a great resource too, finding good news is always a mood booster.
Keep up the basics – Keeping the basics up and self care can be hard, especially on those days where your mood may be low. Taking a shower or getting dressed can be a big achievement but keeping these things up when we can is a big step in feeling a bit better.
Acceptance – This is likely the hardest one for me. Accepting what is happening and being out of control can be really tough but I have been using mindfulness, as mentioned above to tackle this.
What have you found has helped you through isolation? Let me know!
I hope you are all well and staying safe.