While our usual advice is to avoid isolating yourself, this may feel like an impossible task because of the social distancing guidelines in place. But it can still be done, and we’ve put together some guidance to help.
Stay connected with family and friends, either through video calling or social media. Putting in specific times to talk with friends and family may help to take your mind off things and add purpose to your day. If you normally just speak on the phone, try FaceTime or other methods of video calling instead. Being able to see your loved ones via video calling may help you feel more connected and is a good way to see family and friends whilst social distancing.
Look after yourself physically and mentally
It’s important to keep to a regular routine as much as possible. So as much as possible, try to get up at the same time each morning and prepare meals when you normally would have before. This can provide stability and comfort in getting through each day. If you’re able to leave your home to exercise once a day, do so. The smallest amount of exercise can help relieve stress and improve your mood. Set manageable, realistic tasks for yourself round the house, such as gardening or baking.
The important thing to remember is that it’s ok not to be ok. If you’d like more support, Mind can provide reassuring guidance and help for your mental health and wellbeing.
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