Self-isolation, quarantine, social distancing, whichever one you are doing, here are some tips on how to survive and find ways to stay calm.
Who could have predicted this? I started off this month full of sunshine and happiness and now I am braced, anxious, scared and honestly bored with this coronavirus outbreak. As I am pregnant, I have been advised to self-isolate for up to 12 weeks as my lowered immunity means I am more at risk of getting COVID-19.
With all the negativity everywhere, my mood varies between trying to stay positive to feeling down in the dumps and frankly depressed. I know I should be grateful for being healthy and being able to stay at home but at the same time, I want to scream as I can’t stand another minute being inside and staring at the walls. It is selfish and I feel selfish for even thinking it but I am also human too.
I just thought I would add a disclaimer before I went on with talking about how I am surviving the self-isolation and what I am doing to stay positive.
Routine, routine, routine
Whether you are working from home or simply at home, we all need a routine. Don’t use this as an excuse to lay around in bed all day. Wake up at a regular time in the morning, take a shower, change out of your pjs and have breakfast. Simply doing these things on a regular basis means you have something normal in your life.
We all need endorphins in our body and if you are up for it, get up and get moving around. YouTube have like a million workout videos so there is no reason for not finding one that matches your fitness levels and trying something new out.
Take advantage of fresh air
We are self-isolating and keeping our distance from each other but that doesn’t mean you cannot take advantage of the good weather. Whether you spend some time in your garden or balcony or walk to your local park (not drive to a public park in the centre of London), you can get some fresh air and just breathe.
A task a day…
A task a day keeps the crazy away. Wake up every morning with one task you want to achieve in the day. If it means you are sorting through old photos, clearing out that clutter drawer or cupboard or cleaning the windows, give your mind something to focus on.
Limit reading/watching the C word
I know social media, TV and newspapers are full of news about the coronavirus but limit your exposure to it. You don’t need to watch the 24 hours coverage. Once a day is enough to know what is going on. Watching the news obsessively will only heighten your sense of paranoia and anxiety, not make it better.
Just because you can’t visit your loved ones and hang out with your friends, that doesn’t mean you can’t stay in touch. Video call them, text them, email them.. use technology for what it is meant to be used for. Catch up with someone you haven’t spoken to ages, it all really helps.
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