Looking after your mental health while self-isolating during the Covid-19 pandemic
Wherever you are in the world right now, like many others you might be starting the feel the effects of isolation on your mental health. Humans are sociable animals by nature so staying in your house 24/7 is bound to feel strange and at times quite isolating. There are ways, however to combat these feelings and keep your mental health on the right path.
Caring for your mental health will mean different things to different people, and now is as good a time as any to find your own way to keep yourself calm and happy. Here are some things that we like to do to relax when feeling stressed:
Facetime friends and family
Staying connected during this time is key because it can soon get lonely if you live alone or don’t get to spend much time with other people. Organise catch ups with different friends and family throughout the week as this will help give you something to look forward to.
Take a bath
Nothing shouts self care better than a hot soak with some bubbles. Take some time to relax and read a book or listen to your favourite album while you’re there (we wouldn’t frown if you had a glass of something too).
Re-read your favourite book
Reading is one of the best forms of escapism so why not read a book you you already know and love? Rekindle your love for that book and enter a safe space where you can relax. If you fancy reading something new then ask a friend or family member for a recommendation.
You don’t have to be spiritual to meditate, contrary to popular belief, and it’s a great way to quickly calm yourself. It might take a little practice at first but once you learn the breathing techniques it’s really easy. A great app which we use is Headspace and they have free courses.
Listen to a podcast
This is another great form of escapism and podcasts come in all genres so there’s bound to be something you’ll enjoy. To save time check reviews online to find one that will suit your tastes best.
Add a finishing touch to your home
Your home is supposed to be your sanctuary but spending so much time inside it can start to feel a little claustrophobic. Try to add a little touch to your home that you will look at during the day to make you smile and it can be as simple as changing a photo in a photo frame.
Paint, draw, colour or write
Dig out your adult colouring book and get creative. Don’t pressure yourself to write or draw anything perfect just use it as a form of self expression. Look for inspiration from your window, photos from your favourite trips or photos online.
Be wary of reading the news
It’s good to keep up to date on the latest developments, however watching or reading too much news can be a little anxiety inducing at the moment. Try to limit the amount of news you watch and make sure you don’t watch it too close to bedtime.
Take time to appreciate nature
The evenings have begun to get lighter and nature has started to rear its head since spring began last week. Following government guidelines take your one form of exercise a day in the open air and take in your surroundings as you walk, cycle or run.
We hope that this article has given you some inspiration to start taking time out of your day for you and practicing self care. Keep yourself safe and we look forward to sharing more self-isolation tips in the coming weeks.
Lauren works as a digital fundraiser for a charity and volunteers in her spare time for a small animal charity doing all things digital. On the last Sunday of the month you’ll catch her out on a canoe litter picking on the Thames. Her favourite eco product is BECO soap.