Whether you are self isolating due to suspected exposure, staying home because you are in a high-risk category, or at home to help prevent the spread of infection, you may find yourself unprepared for the feelings of loneliness that will likely follow.
While those with underlyng health proplems may already be familiar with long periods of time alone at home, most of us are used to getting out daily; even those who are retired or don't work usually make trips to run errands or visit friends. To have all of that stop suddenly is very difficult and bring feelings of anxiety.
To help you cope with loneliness during self isolation we have prepared a few hints and tips to ensure your own well-being and good mental health.
Keep to a schedule
The prospect of hours to fill in a single day may seem daunting. Break up your time with a regular schedule of actiities and daily tasks. Keep a diary about how you are feeling and any symptoms you're experiencing, this will help you feel in control and proactive about the situation.
Whilst its important to keep up to date with the latest advice and health information, watching too much news, or taking on too much information can be overwhelming and leave you feeling anxious.
Excersice is the one of the best remedies for improving your physical and mental health. There are a variety of low impact workouts you can do from the comfort of your own home, including; Yoga and Tai Chi.
One of the most important things you can do during this time is stay connected to your friends and family. Whether that's by email, phone, text, social media or video calling using FaceTime or Zoom. Make sure you schedule this contact within part of your daily routine to stay in touch with your loved ones.
Boost your mental health by focussing on a activities that distract you. This maybe just reading a book, watching shows, listening to music or cooking. It may also be the perfect time to take on a new hobby like; painting, bird watching or writing. Alternatively, you can use this time to start organising your home or finishing some much needed DIY.
Be Kind to Yourself
Don't worry if your find some days harder than others. Remember your feelings will change and staying positive will help you combat feelings of loneliness.