5 Tips for Staying Well During Self-Isolation
During 2020, we have all faced new challenges. Lockdown and self-isolation life is new territory for all: as humans, we crave connection. If you are self-isolating, it can be difficult, especially at this time of year. However, it is important to make sure you keep a healthy routine and practice self-care. The great news is, we have put together 5 amazing tips for staying well during self-isolation.
#1 Bring your exercise routine indoors
If you can, keep up your daily exercise – just at home, instead of outdoors. While Joe Wickes was popular all over the UK during the lockdowns, there are lots of other free online workouts such as Davina McCall’s (14-day free trial) that you can do indoors. Just find a space and set up your laptop!
#2 Check your vitamin D levels
Vitamin D is known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’ and it can be found in oily fish, red meat, egg yolks and fortified foods such as cereal and fat spread. The best way to up your vitamin D is to spend time in sunlight – even just 20 minutes a day. During winter this is hard. The NHS says that people should consider taking 10 micrograms of vitamin D a day if they are spending most of their time indoors.
#3 Plan balanced meals to support your immune system
It is vital to eat nutritious and nourishing foods during the pandemic, but it can be hard to get deliveries if you are self-isolating. That is why it is good to plan out your daily meals to ensure you have enough food for the week and reduce waste. Check out Miguel Barclay’s One Pound Meals Instagram account and YouTube channel if you are trying to keep costs down too.
#4 Practice self-care
Whether this means setting aside time to meditate with Annaka Harris or do a yoga class, read a book, or do a DIY home spa: make sure you set aside time for your self-care. Be kind to yourself and go gently, these are unusual times.
#5 Get enough sleep
Uncertain work situations, financial worry and health anxiety can mean sleeping is not always easy. Dr Rangan Chatterjee offers tips to help you sleep in this article for Mind. Other useful tips include taking a hot bath before bed, exercising regularly, giving devices a curfew and having separate rooms in your house for work and rest.
CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) techniques can be effective during uncertain times. If you would like to talk to our wellbeing team and one of our qualified therapists, contact us here on 01423 642812