More and more of us are being asked to self-isolate to help stop the spread of Coronavirus, but how can you stay happy and healthy within the confines of your own home – and with minimal human contact? Looking after yourself in the absence of the usual creature comforts we rely on takes some adaptation for sure, but we can and we will get through this!
Here’s our top tips for staying happy, healthy and sane when self-isolating.
What Is Self-Isolation Anyway? 🤔
The notion of self-isolation is based on some pretty solid science and a technique called contact tracing, which aims to trace who has had the virus and who they may have unknowingly passed it on to – so that they can self-isolate and stop the sequence of spreading.
Public Health England recommends that anybody who has been to a high-risk country, has certain underlying health conditions or has been in contact with someone confirmed to have the virus should self-isolate for two weeks. If you develop a new persistent cough and/or fever you should also self-isolate.
That means staying at home and away from other people for a whole two weeks. If you find yourself needing to self-isolate, you should stock up on food, medication and other essentials so that you don’t have to leave the house or come into contact with others at all for the duration.
How to Stay Happy, Healthy and Sane During Self-Isolation
We know, it’s rubbish; no meals out, no socialisation and no events or gatherings 😔 But self-isolation is a necessary step we need to take to make sure we stop this virus in its tracks and make sure life as we know it can resume as quickly as possible! In the meantime, we need to stay as happy and healthy as possible when in self-isolation. Here’s our 5 top tips to help you do just that.1) Stay Connected 🤳
We are so lucky to live in our modern world of gadgets and tech – and now is the perfect time to use them! Take advantage of video calling and voice messaging to stay connected and maintain that oh so important sense of community.
Be sure to reach out to others who are alone and share your number with anyone who may be at an increased risk of loneliness and isolation. Even when we are stuck indoors it can be a huge help to see a friendly face or hear a familiar voice on the phone!
We really enjoyed using the House party app this weekend in our family, as you can easily chat and talk with a group, plus you can play games virtually together too!
2) Keep Moving 🏃♀️
OK, so the idea of gyms closing and being ordered to stay at home might seem great at first – 2 weeks of duvet days here we come! BUT, we guarantee that the novelty will soon wear off!
It’s SO important to keep active when self-isolating. Not only is exercise good for your immune system, but it’s also a great way to reduce stress and anxiety.
To get more movement whilst confined to your own home why not: use your own body weight for strength exercises, finally have a go at yoga, play with your pet, seek out a YouTube home exercise video or get stuck into the housework – a good spring clean to keep you lean!
Have Kids at home? Have you seen that Joe Wicks is running a Free 9am PE lesson every Monday - Friday during the week live on Youtube. So great to get the nation moving even whilst we are stuck indoors!
3) Regain Your Routine ⏲️
You know your normal morning routine, right - it was a good routine ... But when self-isolating all of this is turned on its head, you wake up and you wonder what to do with yourself!
A lack of routine can have a major impact on our mood and mental health. So, adopting a new routine whilst self-isolating is a really good idea. Try these ideas to keep some control and avoid boredom setting in.
Whether it’s the radio, TV, internet or social media – it’s hard to escape Coronavirus right now. Whilst we all want to stay informed, the constant onslaught of facts, figures and – let’s be honest – doom and gloom, can leave us feeling down.
Our phones, laptops and TVs can be a go-to source of entertainment when self-isolating but switching off from them can be a good move for our mental health. Instead, pick up a book, magazine or play a game to have a break from all the bad news.
Self-isolation is also a really good time to indulge in a new hobby which you wouldn’t normally have time for – why not start to learn a language or play a new instrument? Sure, you probably won't be speaking fluent Swahili or playing the harpsichord within two weeks – but it’s an opportunity to make a start and spark an interest.
One more thing, did you know that you can mute certain words on social media? The deal is that you can specify certain words which you would not like to see related posts about. So, by entering ‘Coronavirus’ or ‘COVID-19’ you can filter out related posts if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Here’s how.
5) Eat Well To Boost Your Immune System 🥑
Optimising your nutrition is super important to bolster your immune system and maximise your body’s defences. If you’re self-isolating, then cooking a good meal will not only give you an immune boost but it’s also a great way to keep busy and productive.
Try adding Collagen Protein Powder into your diet for a daily dose of Glycine to support immunity & gut health. Collagen can also support healthy bones, skin, hair and nails too.
Coconut MCT oil has recently been mentioned for its anti-viral properties - start each day with a tablespoon, which will also provide a natural energy boost.
Natural Vitamins and Minerals, are key to support a healthy immune system. Vitamin A, B12, Iron, Copper and Riboflavin can all be found in our Hunter & Gather nutritional support capsules, which are also free from sugar, grains, bulkers or fillers. All of our Optimal Health products are suitable for diabetics, coeliacs and those following a Keto or Paleo lifestyle.
As things are, we are having to be more mindful of the food we use, so trying some new recipes could be a great way to build up some cooking skills. Why not batch cook and freeze your favourite meals? Or try making something yourself that you’d usually just buy?
There’s no denying the impact of the current COVID-19 outbreak on almost every aspect of our lifestyles. We’ve been thrown in at the deep end with some massive changes to our lives and almost nothing we can do about it!
What’s more, it doesn’t look like things will be getting back to normal any time soon. So, it’s super important to adapt to the situation and be sure to stay as happy and healthy as possible during these challenging times.
We hope that we can instil some hope and positivity and help you to stay physically and mentally well if you’re self-isolating, be sure to follow us on Instagram for some positive vibes and good news to get you through 💚
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