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Top Tips For Your Self-isolation Mental Health

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Your self-isolation mental health is one thing you can control during the Coronavirus outbreak. Maintain your health, wellbeing & sanity whilst in the house.

In these times of uncertainty, self-isolation and your mental health are things you can control. If you’re confined to your home due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, there’s much you can do to maintain your health, wellbeing… and sanity!

1. Use technology to stay connected

During this phase of physical distance, social connection has never been more important. Self-isolation mental health depends on maintaining contact with the outside world and we have a plethora of online tools to enable this.

Setup a WhatsApp or email group for your friends and family. Check in regularly to see how everyone is feeling and coping. Children especially will need to stay connected to their friends, so ease off your usual technology time-restrictions a little bit, and under supervised control let them use House Party, Zoom or Google Hangouts to video talk with friends from school.

Charities like Age UK can offer online support to the older population who are encouraged to self-isolate. Whilst Mind and Samaritans can support those struggling with self-isolation mental health issues. If you’re feeling anxious or alone, it’s very important to reach out and seek support.

We’ve set up a page of useful links to organisations who can support vulnerable people during Covid-19.

You can also use technology to do many of the things you’d usually undertake in person, like attending GP appointments and buying groceries.

2. Don’t spend too much time on social media

If you’re using social media to chat with friends or follow positive updates about health, exercise and wellbeing, then by all means continue with gusto! However, if you find that you’re getting sucked in to reading multiple threads about illness, pandemics, infection rates and death tolls, it might be time to step away from social media for a bit.

There’s a great deal of fake news on social media, which spreads fear more quickly than the actual contagion of a virus. Nothing good can come from reading endless posts about illness and uncertainty. Use social media to stay connected to friends and loved ones but back away from scare-mongering articles or unverified facts.

3. Focus on what you can control

If you’re stuck at home, especially if you’re alone, it can be easy to let your mind wander into all sorts of terrifying scenarios about ‘what if’. This will do nothing for self-isolation mental health! The best way to remove much of the fear and anxiety of uncertainty is to focus on the aspects you can control.

Looking after your health by washing your hands regularly, eating well, exercising, doing meditation or breathing exercises and getting enough sleep are all positive self-isolation mental health practices. Schedule in some time each day to focus on self-care; whether that’s doing an hour of yoga or calling a friend for a chat. You could spend hours obsessing and speculating about what might happen with the spread of Coronavirus, but that won’t change the outcome or do any good for your wellbeing.

If you are juggling working-from-home and home-schooling your kids, it’s also important to map out your day and make sure that you get time to yourself amongst all the many tasks.

4. Create a bucket list for your home

That lightbulb you’ve been meaning to replace for months? The garage you’ve been meaning to tidy? The gardening gloves you’ve never used? This is the time to dust off your to do list and focus on getting some productive jobs done around the house.

Not only will a list of activities keep your mind and body active, you’ll gain a big sense of achievement as you begin to see the results of your activities taking shape. When last did you get to spend this much time at home? Rather than viewing it as a curse, see it as an opportunity to undertake some rewarding projects. However, do not undertake any strenuous activities if you’re feeling unwell.

5. Come together as a community

Think about your neighbours and local community. Are there any vulnerable or at risk people that come to mind? If so, perhaps you can offer to help them out by collecting medicines or groceries on their behalf. Older folk may not have access to online delivery sites like Amazon, so why not help them by offering to order essential items for them?

You can also pop a note through neighbours’ letter boxes offering help and support if anyone needs it. Not only will you do some good for your community, helping others can give a big boost to your self-isolation mental health! Make sure to leave any deliveries on the doorstep and avoid entering your neighbours’ homes to minimise the risk of infection.

We’ve put up other pages of information to support you through the Coronavirus outbreak;

If you’re feeling very unwell or experiencing any symptoms of Coronavirus, visit the NHS 111 Website, do not visit your GP or A&E. If you have mild symptoms and would like to speak to a doctor, you canbook a video consultation with one of our UK-based GPs in minutes with Vala Health. Find out more here:https://valahealth.com/

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