We are currently living in unprecedented times. Self-isolation is something we can do as individuals to help flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure our health services aren’t overwhelmed and more lives can be saved.
Here are some tips for how to manage this new reality while maintaining your sanity.
These tips are primarily designed for adults living alone, with a partner or with grown children. The challenges of working from home with young children in the house are significant and there are a number of blogs offering ideas for how to deal with that. Some of these tips will resonate for you, others will not. Some will be feasible for you and others will not. Pick the ones that resonate for you and will work in your situation.
- Remind yourself at the start of each day that by self-isolating you are helping yourself and your community to deal with the lethal threat posed by COVID-19
- Take time to notice what you’re grateful for. Consider writing a gratitude journal, use your cell phone to record what you’re grateful for and replay it during the day or create a visual reminder.
- Reach out to friends and loved ones by phone, skype and other electronic means to let them know you care and are thinking about them.
- Create a new daily routine for your time at home.
- Get dressed and groom as if you were leaving the house.
- Take this opportunity to organize and clear out a draw, cupboard or spare room
- Re-read a favorite novel from you home library
- Take time for personal growth by accessing online training and workshops (*)
- Limit the amount of time you spend watching the news on television or social media
- Remind yourself that there are always things you cannot control, stressing and worrying won’t help or change things
- Find a way to exercise whether it’s walking up and down the stairs, pilates, yoga, tai chi, lifting cans of soup – anything that gets you moving
- Show appreciation to any family, friends and co-workers who are front-line workers – nurses, doctors, first responders, retail clerks, truck drivers, bus drivers – all those people who are helping to keep essential services and supply chains running in these difficult times. Send a message, make a call, let them know you appreciate them.
- If your income is impacted, re-think your budget. What will you save by staying home and what adjustments can you make to live more frugally in the coming months?
- Try to stay calm and if you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, remember to take some nice deep breaths to center yourself – inhale for 3-5 seconds, hold for 3 seconds and exhale for 4-5 second.
- Don’t hoard food and other supplies and potentially create shortages for others, strive to be unselfish
- Watch a comedic movie or TV show
- Play with your pet/s
- Learn a new language
- Have a good cry if you need to. Feeling stress, frustration and fear are natural reactions to the new reality we’re all dealing with and releasing pent up emotions occasionally can be a healthy thing.
- Checkout the Calm app (I always find the video with sound of the rain on the leaves very relaxing)
- Remember you may be less active than usual, so you’ll probably need to consume less calories to maintain your normal weight. Try to make healthy choices with lots of fruits, veggies and high-fibre foods and drink lots of water.
- Send an eCard to brighten someone’s day and let them know you’re thinking of them
- Try out a new recipe from ingredients you already have on hand – I’ll be trying a new tuna casserole recipe this week
- Arrange virtual coffee meetings with business colleagues by phone or Zoom to maintain connections
- Check out the government programs being offered and see which ones might apply to you
- Get a good night’s sleep – take a warm shower or bath before bed to help you relax
- Reach out to elderly neighbours who may need your help to pick up groceries or medication
- Try to step outside and get some fresh air every day, take a walk (if COVID-19 restrictions permit this), step into your back garden, or simply open a window and breathe in some fresh air.
- Play board games, cards or dominoes with other members of your household
- Take time to catch up on all those things on the “To Do List” that somehow you never quite get around to – organizing my office is on my list
- Binge watch a favorite series
- Hold virtual meetings with friends and colleagues using available technology
- Take time to think about what your priorities are right now (*) and what they will be going forward and consider sharing and discussing what you discover with your loved ones
(*) This could be the perfect time to take stock of your priorities:
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