We have all heard the words Covid-19 or Corona Virus and hear the term self-isolation repeated over and over again, through conversations with friends and family, and through the media. But what does this mean?
The outbreak of the Corona virus 2019 (Covid-19) is affecting everyone in different ways. Resulting in an increase in stress and anxiety levels, as we all try and make sense about what this means to us individually, and also to our friends and family who we are concerned about.
Self-isolation is about protecting ourselves, and helping to slow down the spread of the disease.
The recommendations currently are that if you are considering self-isolation that this means for a period of 14 days. This means remaining indoors in your own home and avoiding contact with other people.
Self-isolation is a necessary measure for public health, but can have a detrimental impact on your own mental health. Spending long periods of time alone, feeling trapped can heighten feelings of loneliness, and therefore sadness and depression.
So what can help during your period of self-isolation?
1. Implement a new regular routine, ensuring you get up at the same time each morning, go to bed at the same time each night and schedule regular meal times throughout the day
2. Minimise watching, reading or researching the news, limiting yourself to updates twice daily (The constant stream of news reports can increase anxiety)
3. Stay connected to friends and family as much as possible using phone, text, and Skype or other social media apps
4. Ensure you spend some time during the day outside, in a private outside space to get some fresh air, to also help reduce the feelings of claustrophobia
5. Ensure you to continue to access support if you have existing mental health issues, or feel you are experiencing increased stress or levels of anxiety whilst self-isolating
(Therapy Centre Services are offering telephone counselling sessions as an alternative to face to face appointments)
Many will see self-isolation as a separation from family, friends, society and from their normal day to day routine. This can also provide lots of opportunities to spend time doing things your normal day to day life on the ‘treadmill’ doesn’t allow. Turning this time into isolation into a time to do something you wouldn’t normally have time for, to take up a new hobby, or learn a new skill.
50 things you can do during self-isolation
1. Keep a ‘quarantine’ diary / blog
2. Write a ‘bucket list’ of 50 things you want to do when you are out of self-isolation
3. Join an online book club
4. Use private outdoor space to have access to fresh air
5. Use online videos to enjoy home workouts / keep fit / yoga or other exercise classes
6. Learn a new dance, using YouTube or just get moving to music
7. Get your cookbooks out and bake a cake or some cookies
8. Register for an online training course
9. Watch some films or TV box sets, or get recommendations from friends on what they are watching on Netflix
10. Spring clean your cupboards
11. Write a letter to a loved one or someone you care about
12. Choose 5 people you haven’t heard from for a while and send them a text message or Whatsapp message
13. Arrange group video chat sessions with your friends, get them booked in the diary
14. Read a book or download an audio book
15. Go through your wardrobe and list 3 items you don’t want anymore on Facebook Marketplace / Ebay or other online sites
16. Download some online games, and encourage your friends to download them too, and take part in online challenges together
17. Learn how to knit or crochet
18. Make or review your finances, budgets and savings plans
19. Use Comparethemarket or other similar websites to review bills and household goings
20. Go through your food cupboards and check expiry dates and reorganise using the oldest food first
21. Listen to Podcasts
22. Do a crossword or Soduku to challenge the mind
23. Learn a new language
24. Play board games
25. Play a musical instrument, or learn a new piece of music
26. Complete a puzzle
27. Have a Spa afternoon, have a bath, use a face mask, give yourself a manicure
28. Learn calligraphy
29. Use YouTube to learn a new skill or technique
30. Play board games
32. Take time to reflect – what have you achieved over the last year, what are your future goals
33. Write a short story or start writing a novel
34. Spend some time on household maintenance, all those jobs we put off as we don’t have time!
35. Organise all of your photos on your phone or make a Photobook
36. Rearrange all your furniture, make your home feel like a different space
37. Write a list of all your friends and family and the gifts you want to buy them for Christmas this year
38. Play on a games console (e.g. Nintendo, Playstation or Xbox)
39. Create a ‘Mind Map’ (to capture the thinking going on in your head)
40. Clean up your emails
41. Make and install a bird feeder
42. Play with your pets
43. Do some work in your garden / private outside space
44. Upcycle something in your house
45. Learn how to draw / paint
46. Learn how to make soap or scented candles
47. Make greeting cards
48. Trace your ancestry, spend time talking to family and go through photo albums
49. Do the housework
50. Sleep…get lots of it, time to rest and recharge
We hope this blog has been useful and if you want any support please self-refer yourself for Telephone Counselling sessions by contacting us on 07895 796857 or completing our self referral form www.therapycentreservices.com/selfreferral
We are here for anyone who wants to access Mental Health support during a period of self-isolation