Most people will agree with Health professionals that social isolation during events such as the Covid19 situation is not ideal for our overall wellness. In the pre-Covid19 pandemic world, social interaction and physical activity of varying amounts was the usual everyday occurrence for most humans. The reduced interaction and activities due to the various levels and aspects of the quarantining is hard on our minds and bodies. Different situations and degrees of quarantining require a variety of measures to keep you happy and healthy, so here are some tips from experts to help you keep on top of your situation.
- Retain a daily routine as close as possible to pre-quarantine situation. That is try to keep the same times for waking up, eating, exercising, and working (if possible), with regard to limitations on going out. These are things you can control. Don’t stress about things you can’t control.
- Don’t be negative about things, especially with those who you are living with. Complaining can generate a toxic environment for everyone. If you really need to vent your negative feelings, then do it with trusted people outside of your quarantine situation. Note that this is probably sound advice for everyday life.
- Continue to express love to your loved ones, allow plenty of time for them, especially if that is who you are quarantined with.
- Remember your self-care with plenty of sleep each night, plus other things such some time for your activities such as reading or watching TV, including those such as puzzles or gardening that take your mind off day to day worries.
- Stay connected with other people outside the quarantine situation, by phone, email, or when out of the home when possible. Staying connected to other people is always a good thing.
- If you are working from home, set and maintain boundaries between home and work activities including a physical location and also times which was part of point 1 above. Keeping them separate will enable you to wind down from work, therefore relaxing and being happier.
- If you are considering new work options, perhaps some online learning or courses may be of assistance. Explore your options. Perhaps someone you know may be of assistance or can guide you.
- Where possible, go for at a least a walk every day to provide your body with some exercise and your mind some time to relax. Moderate physical activity is always good for your mood.
- Limit your time on technology things such as social media and TV, including limiting the negative impact of news services on your mood. Take more time on other activities.
- If you are struggling with your situation, seek expert help such as counsellors, life coaches and other trusted professionals.
- Remember that Covid19 will pass, although it may not seem like it at times.
- Focus on the present and make the best of the situation.
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