How to look after your mental health when self-isolating
Self-isolating, working remotely, and a drop in face-to-face interaction can be a big change for a lot of people. In this current climate, it’s important to understand how to look after your mental health when self-isolating.
From seeing your colleagues and socialising every day to working remotely and, for the most part, being housebound can have an impact on your mental health and wellbeing. This time is challenging in lots of different ways. But the increased time spent alone in one environment and the constant reminder of a global pandemic can become emotionally challenging.
Everybody is different but we’ve got 4 tips, that we’re also encouraging at Wagestream, for how to look after your mental health when self-isolating.
For most people, human contact is a basic instinct but even when self-isolating we can keep in contact with people in other ways. For work, this might mean moving meetings to Zoom, for friends this might mean having 5-way Facetimes to catch up. If you’re worried you might run out of things to talk about, make a plan with someone to watch a show or read a book separately so that you can discuss with each other virtually.
If you’re worried about loneliness at home then think about your environment and the things that connect you with people. You could put up extra photos to remind you of the people in your life or listen to radio and podcasts if your environment feels too quiet.
Keep a routine
Try and keep your normal routine as much as possible. Getting up at the same time, following your normal morning routines and going to bed at your usual time. If you’re in isolation but not working from home think about how you’ll spend time alone. Plan activities to do on different days and try out those new hobbies you’ve been meaning to try.
Build physical activity into your daily routine. Exercising at home can be simple and there are lots of options for all ages and activities: dance to your favourite song, try some seated exercises or use online workouts. Spending time in green space or welcoming nature into your everyday life can benefit your mental and physical wellbeing by improving your mood, reduce feelings of stress, and make you feel more relaxed.
Limit your news intake
In these challenging times, it’s easy to fall into the never-ending cycle of breaking news, with new figures announced hourly and new articles published every minute, it can become overwhelming. Staying connected with current events is important but make sure to also give yourself some time away. Dedicating a couple of hours in the evening before bed to have a news-free zone can help with anxiety.
Social media can help you stay in touch with people but it might also make you feel anxious when people are sharing their worries. It’s easy to get stuck in the unlimited scroll and the habit of constantly refreshing, take some time to step away, the news will still be there afterwards.
Be honest about how you’re feeling
Whilst we’re in a period of isolation, how we’re feeling can become amplified by a sense of loneliness and change. Being open and honest about how you’re feeling with colleagues, friends, family, and partners can help relieve some of the stress.
If you feel like you need further support on how to look after your mental health when self-isolating, don’t hesitate to contact the below helplines:
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