Social distancing and isolation can be really hard to deal with and overwhelming at times. It’s normal to feel anxious, frustrated and bored. But, it’s also important to remember that you’re not alone.
We’ve put together some handy tips to keep on top of your mental health during quarantine…
1. Stay Connected
One of the biggest and most frustrating downsides of isolation is the lack of communication with your close family and friends, so its important to stay connected to feel less alone:
Seeing your family and friends can lift your spirits and make you feel less lonely.
Phone calls are a great way to stay connected but seeing someone’s face can make a big difference. With lots of free video calling services now available, you can connect to wifi and enjoy these services without eating into your mobile data allowance. Don’t be shy about showing your face on camera, even if you’re in your joggers…
Now is the time to catch up with someone who you haven’t heard from in a while, don’t be afraid to reach out and make contact.
Not only will you help yourself by reaching out and having a conversation but they will probably feel grateful to hear from you too. So send them a message and let them know you care.
2. Staying Active
Exercise can not only improve your physical health but it can also improve your mental state. Exercise is well known to keep your immune system strong, relieve stress and make your feel happy, which is especially important during these uncertain times.
Why not take part in our latest Home Workout Release iMoveFreely, that works on releasing tension in the body and stress from the mind.
3. Stay Calm
Creating the right mindset and environment can help you stay relaxed during this difficult time:
Take a break from reading the news
With this ever changing situation it is easy to fall into the trap of checking the news constantly, but this can have a negative impact on your mental health, so try to limit how often you check. To get a brief overview of the governments daily broadcast, look out for news websites for that offer a brief overview.
Getting away from your tv screen or home office computer can help you escape for a little while and benefit your mental health. Why not re-read one of your favourites, or get your friend to recommend one? Currently, it might be difficult to purchase a new book but you can access free book’s and articles online. There are even audio books for those who prefer to listen…
Plan the day ahead
Although your normal routine might be somewhat disrupted, it is important to try and plan for the day ahead the best you can. Try to write down how you want to spend your day and create some meaningful tasks you want to complete. This will create a sense of order and normality. Decide on your new routine and make sure you build in activities you enjoy to break it up a little…
4. Dealing with Stressful Situations at Home
In times like the present, we can easily find ourselves in stressful situations at home… Here are a few tips to help diffuse difficult situations that can arise:
Walk away from stressful situation if possible
Being stuck inside with other people can be naturally frustrating and it might create tension between you and those you live with. You can defuse difficult situations by walking away from arguments until everyone starts to feel calmer.
Cool off by taking a walk outside and get some fresh air once a day, which is great for the mind and body…
Reach out for help
If your living arrangements are difficult, it is important to reach out and talk to someone you trust, don’t suffer in silence, or if you’re worried about being overheard, you could try texting or email instead. There are a lot of helplines which offer advice to help, through text and online messenger support.