Since midnight last night we have been told to stay at home and isolate. This is due to the Global Pandemic of COVID-19. For the last few weeks most of us have chosen to stay at home but this latest step is now being forced upon us and this can cause more emotions to come to the surface such as panic, anxiety and a deep feeling of isolation.
Here are few things that you can think about that might help change those feelings:
Change “I am stuck inside” to “I can finally focus on my home and myself”
As uncertain as the whole thing seems at this time, look at this order to stay inside as an opportunity to look at your surroundings and work on them. Is there something that you have wanted to do in the house and have managed to avoid doing it? Is you approach this time as feeling trapped will only increase the stress, look at this time as an opportunity to take a step back out of the rat race, chill out and focus on YOU!
Stay close to your normal routine
Do what you used to do when you used to do it!
Make sure to get up at around the same time as you normally did. This is not a holiday and you certainly don’t want to send a shock to the system when you do get back into a normal routine. Have meals at the same times that you normally have had. When preparing for meals there is an opportunity to get others in the family to get involved.
Avoid obsessing over endless Coronavirus coverage
Stop looking on social media to see the latest Coronavirus updates – maybe just watch the news once a day to catch up. In general you are doing the best thing you possibly can by staying indoors and isolating
Keep the house tidy
Probably easier said than done for most people, including myself. But it does make perfect sense, a cluttered house can cause you to become uneasy in your environment and cluttered in the mind- so keep it tidy.
Start a new isolation routine.
With this newfound time, why not do something special during these isolation days?
For ex-ample you can start a daily journal to jot down thoughts and feelings to reflect on later. Or take a walk every day at 4pm, connect with your extended family over FaceTime or WhatsApp every morning. Or, Learn a new skill like web design? Having something special during this time will help you look forward to each new day.
Check out or Isolation Hacks page for some ideas.
Remember if your anxiety ever becomes too much for you to handle – there are still plenty of services available to help you and talk to you about your issue.
We have a list of those services on our website.