Top Tips for Staying Calm During Self-Isolation
As coronavirus cases continue to rise for both the UK and the rest of the world, more and more Brits have been urged to practice social distancing measures, and when showing symptoms, self-isolate.
The BBC have reported over 10,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK, however with not everyone getting tested, the actual number of cases is estimated to be far greater than this; and could in fact be anywhere between 35,000 and 50,000.
Whilst self-isolation can be necessary to prevent the spread of the virus, being isolated, particularly during a period of such uncertainty, can make people feel stressed, agitated and restless.
We’ve created a list of the top tips to keep you calm and relaxed during self-isolation, helping to protect your mental health and promote your wellbeing. This includes the following:
- Practice mindfulness
- Stay social
- Plan your days
- Prepare your home
By taking these tips onboard, you can help to make your self-isolation period as stress-free as possible.
Whilst keeping proactive during such an isolating period is important, it’s also necessary to rest when, and if, feeling unwell and experiencing symptoms.
Self-isolation, as previously mentioned, can be a stressful and anxiety-inducing time. It might therefore help to practice mindfulness, using breathing techniques and meditation to help clear your mind and alleviate feelings of anxiousness and stress.
There are a range of different apps that you can practice mindfulness on, offering guided meditations, silent sessions and more, all accessible from your phone or laptop. Mindfulness apps can help to keep you grounded and calm, which is incredibly beneficial in such an isolating time.
It might also help to incorporate some yoga into your everyday routine, relaxing the mind and body whilst also increasing mobility and exercise throughout the day.
It can also be incredibly beneficial to stay social during this period of isolation. For those self-isolating alone, it can help to talk to people daily either on the phone, through text messaging or via social media.
Reaching out to friends and family can also alleviate feelings of anxiety and stress as a result of isolation, as well as reassure your loved ones that you are safe and well.
Plan Your Days
For those in self-isolation, it might help to plan out your days. Disrupting your everyday routine can be stressful and difficult to adjust to, especially when there’s limited places you can go to keep yourself busy. It can leave you feeling restless at the best of times, let alone when stuck in one place.
Being stuck at home can also lead to unstructured days. You home is typically a place of relaxation and sleep, and having to be in this space at all times can mean your days slump into periods of laziness, boredom, and unproductiveness. All of which can lead to stress and agitation.
Planning out your days whilst in self-isolation can help to bring a structure to your everyday routine. It can help to reduce the risk of falling into an unproductive and stagnant way of living, and space out the day nicely.
Planning, and sticking to, a new routine can also help to bring about a sense of order and normality to your living space. If you are working from home, it should be fairly easy to fill your day with things to do, however, if you are not working during self-isolation, it may be good to create a varied list of things to do, particularly things you enjoy - helping to keep your mind stimulated and preoccupied.
Prepare Your Home
Seeing as you’ll be spending all of your time at home, it’s important to ensure your environment is enjoyable to be in. Keeping your house clean and your fridge well-stocked are important factors for improving your wellbeing during isolation, however, there’s a variety of other things you can do to improve your comfort levels during this period.
Making sure your living room is optimised as a calm and relaxing space can help to alleviate stress and anxiety; some of the following items may help to promote this:
- Nice pictures on the walls
- Plants and flowers
- Scented candles
- Soft throws and pillows for sofas and seats
Investing in a weighted blanket may also help during periods of self-isolation. Weighted blankets are designed to alleviate stress and anxiety by providing proprioceptive input to the brain, helping it to relax.
We offer a range of weighted blanket products, available for both adults and children. Our blankets come in a variety of different colours and weights, visit our page to read more on how to pick your blanket’s weight. You can also view our all of our calming products here.