With the Covid-19 epidemic in full swing, here in the UK, we are all being urged to stay at home and self isolate as much as possible. This brings with it many challenges.
I say “challenges” because although things seem surreal and impossible right now, there are ways to deal with it effectively and stay in a positive mental state.
I’d like to share with you some helpful tips on keeping on top of your wellness while in isolation.
Boost your immune system
Research on the effects of loneliness suggest that when people lack social connections they are more likely to get sick.
The good news is that this period of self-isolation needed for coronavirus will not change how your immune system works, so it’s simply a case of keeping on top of the same healthy habits that we should be doing daily.
Drink plenty of water, starting when you get up in the morning and every hour during the day. This will help keep your immune system ticking along.
Focus on nutritionally rich foods. Make sure that you are eating plenty of fruit, veg and protein. Research has shown that nutrition is crucial for positive mental health .
Boost your nutrition with effective supplementation. Vitamin D is particularly important for those of you who are a bit more house bound than others. Read more about the benefits of supplementation.
Lastly, keep your alcohol intake to a minimum. Drinking can have a negative effect on your immune system and mental state when combined with isolation.
If you follow this advice you should keep your immune system in good shape and keep you physically healthy.
Keep to a daily routine
For some people, self-isolation might lead to some mental health issues. Some people who are self-isolating may have difficulties with sleep, feelings of restlessness or sadness, or start to feel demotivated.
This is why it’s important to keep to a consistent daily routine. Make sure that you keep a consistent sleep pattern. Go to bed at your usual time and get up at your usual time. Don’t have a lie in. Be consistent.
Plan out your daily tasks. Write them down if you have to.
These tasks can include:
This is by no means an exhaustive list but you should get the idea.
A consistent daily routine will make sure that you are keeping busy and productive during this difficult time.
Keep social contact with others
A reason why isolated people feel low or anxious is that they can’t draw on the support of friends and families to help them deal with difficult situations.
So during self-isolation you should try to connect with as many of your friends and family as possible. It is easier than ever now due to your WhatsApp’s, Skype and Facetime. There’s no excuse. Be there for others and they’ll be there for you.
Perhaps reach out to those who aren’t so friend rich, or those that you’ve lost contact with for whatever reasons.
In short, be open, be available and be compassionate.
Avoid conflict at home and online
Being around family and friends 24/7 can cause conflict and could present some challenges, including arguments. Even those we love dearly can get on our nerves when we’re around them long enough.
It’s important to have some personal space. A good way to do this is to set aside some quiet time every day, where you’re doing individual activities. This could be reading books in quiet for an hour a day, listening to music in different rooms or taking the dog for a walk.
There’s also the issue of conflict online. Social media is rife with trouble makers, looking to upset and anger. If this is the case on your social feed, don’t rise to it, just hit that block button. Easy peasy!
Exercise regularly and consistently
I’ve saved the best for last. Movement is medicine and it is probably the most important step to take. Exercising consistently helps boost your immunity, improves your mood and will keep you from gaining weight while isolated.
There’s many types of exercise that can be done without expensive equipment or going to a gym. So gyms being closed is no excuse.
You can do yoga in the comfort of your own living room. You can go for daily walks, alone or with your dog (I love my dog) or do a bit of gardening.
I would schedule an outdoor activity at least a couple of times a week to combine your movement while getting a boost from the sun.
I know this is a trying time for everyone. Remember that we’re all in this together and we’ll come out of the other side together.
Stay healthy, happy and healthy!
“Strength For Life”
Davie McConnachie is a passionate teacher and artist. The creator of DMC Fitness and Dynamic Mind Conditioning, he’s an expert health and wellness coach, multi-award winning motivational speaker, award-winning gym owner, writer and published poet.
Athletically, Davie has competed nationally in MMA, Boxing and Thai Boxing, and internationally in kettlebell sport. Davie enjoyed the London Marathon, several half marathons and is a regular mountain trekker.