Psychic Talks understand right now is an extremely difficult time due to the current situation both here in the UK and around the world, as countries are currently in lockdown to try and fight the COVID-19 pandemic. This can be an extremely stressful time for both those living alone but also for those living with their partners. We've put together 10 tips below for how to make Self Isolating much more manageable for you.
In stressful times of uncertainty it can be easy to self-isolate and keep to yourself but it's crucial to maintain human interaction to reduce anxiety levels. Talking to friends and family and maintaining strong connections and relationships will help you feel more supported and surrounded by positivity. It can also help you to avoid feeling low or lonely.
Adjust Your Mindset From 'I Am Stuck Inside' To 'I Can Finally Focus On My Home & Myself'
As dismal as the world may feel right now, think of the time stuck at home as an opportunity to get things done you've been putting off for months. Doing one productive thing per day can lead to a more positive attitude whilst ticking things off your list can give you that sense of accomplishment which in turn will make you feel great. Set your sights on long-avoided tasks, reorganise, or create something you've always wanted to. Approaching this time with a mindset of feeling trapped or stuck will only stress you out more but flipping it on its head and using the time wisely will make you and your home a happier place.
Take Practical Steps
There are simple steps you can take to help reassure yourself, particularly washing your hands with soap and warm water regularly for 20 seconds. Try to keep yourself busy - activities like reading, art, online learning, watching films or listening to music. Building a website or learning a skill that you could use when this is all over? The possibilities are endless. You can use your garden, if you have one, and you can also leave the house to exercise which leads us on to our next point.
A chaotic home can lead to a chaotic mind. With all the uncertainly happening outside your home, keep the inside organised, predictable and clean. Keep routine as much as possible. For example, try not to eat in bed or work on the sofa - just as before, eat at the kitchen table and work at your desk or kitchen table. Loosening these boundaries just muddles your routine and can make the day feel very long or make it difficult to be motivated thus making distractions all the more easier. Additionally, a cluttered home can cause you to become uneasy of your environment - so keep it tidy.
While the gym is a no-go, movement and exercise is still a must. NHS and the Government advise that you do this once a day under the current constraints. As long as you are 2 metres apart an adhere to the social distancing information. This could be a run/jog/walk in your local area or even following online workouts on YouTube to do in your home or garden. If you have a dog to walk then bonus!
Think about your diet. Your appetite might change if your routine changes, or if your less active than you usually are. Eating regularly and keeping your blood sugar stable can help your mood and energy levels. Drink water regularly. Drinking enough water is important for your mental and physical health. Changing your routine might affect when you drink or what fluids you drink. Meal plans/prep for the week can be a great help to stay on top and stay healthy.
Don't Always Listen To Your Mind
We should pay attention to what our mind is telling us. Instead of telling yourself 'I'm going to get ill'. instead tell yourself 'I'm having the thought that I'm going to get ill', to help emphasise that this is not necessarily a reality.
Focus On The Facts
It can be easy to read up on speculation, especially on social media and group chats, but keep referring instead to respected health websites such as the NHS and Public Health.
Clean Up Your Social Media - Only Consume What You Can Handle
You might be spending more time than usual scrolling on social media. But be sure to stop and think how this is affecting your mental health? If you feel fine great, but if not and you know its because your reading a lot of negative content then try unfollowing or muting accounts that make you feel anxious, upset or angry. Follow accounts that inspire you to be creative or which focus on your hobbies. If you're struggling to cope with either social media or the news you can also turn off push-alert notifications for news on your phone if it becomes overwhelming. Family and friends give you a much softer take on the information if you ask them to keep you up to date rather than scary headlines.
Write Down How You're Feeling
Setting aside allocated time to record of your thoughts and worries can feel reassuring. If you have any worries about your health, doing an activity within your control can help to express your stresses, for instance making a list of things you can control and things you cannot control.