It is without a doubt that by now COVID-19 has affected your life in some way, and to protect ourselves and those around us, self isolation has become the situation for most. It is normal to feel an impact as your daily routine is disrupted, but taking care of yourself should be a priority, now even more so than ever. Here are 6 ways you can keep your body and mind healthy during self isolation:
1. KEEP ACTIVE
Keeping active keeps your body healthy and the endorphins released after exercise can boost your mood too. While gyms are shut you can still keep active at home with the huge variety of workouts available online that require little or no equipment. If you’re not feeling up to doing an intense workout then simply stretching or going for a walk can still be beneficial, it’s good to get your body moving!
Join us on Instagram @thisisalovesong where we will be posting our workouts and weekly live yoga streams to help keep you motivated and active whilst at home.
2. TAKE CARE OF YOUR ENVIRONMENT
Ensure that you don’t neglect keeping the space around you clean and tidy. As the saying goes, a clear space means a clear mind! Now could also be the perfect time to do the tasks around the house that you’ve been putting off, like sorting out your wardrobe, washing your makeup brushes or organizing your cupboards.
3. BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
Try and incorporate some of the following into your diet which can to help boost your immune system:
Vitamin C is well known for its role in supporting a healthy immune system. It is found in many fruits and vegetables; particularly oranges, strawberries, bell peppers and broccoli. If you find it difficult to get in lots of fruits and vegetables you can always make a smoothie or take it as a supplement.
Ginger is rich with antioxidants. You can make ginger and lemon tea, add it to juices (or if you’re brave) take it as a shot by itself!
Nuts and seeds such as almonds and sunflower seeds contain high levels of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, as well as other nutrients and healthy fats. They are the perfect to snack on throughout the day.
4. STAY CONNECTED
Loneliness and social isolation can not only impact your mental health but can also have negative effects on your immune system, so it’s especially important to stay connected at the moment.
Create an online space that is good for you, follow accounts that inspire and motivate you and limit your news intake if this is something that makes you anxious. Here at THIS IS A LOVE SONG we have been staying connected by sharing snippets from our daily home lives using the hashtag #STAYHOMEMOVEMENT, feel free to share yours too and join our community!
Reach out to your friends and family, who might be feeling isolated too and so will appreciate your message or call. We have loved using Netflix Party which allows you to watch Netflix live with your friends with a group chat feature so you can chat and share your thoughts as you watch.
5. MAINTAIN A ROUTINE
Maintaining some kind of routine can make a huge difference to how we feel. While you might see no point in changing out of your pyjamas, little things like getting dressed and going to sleep at your usual time can help keep you feeling well and productive.
6. DO SOMETHING FOR YOUR MIND
Taking time for yourself away from a screen to do an activity can help you to feel more mindful and relaxed.
Here are some of our favourite at-home activities to distract yourself or switch off:
- Listen to music, we have made a quarantine playlist on Spotify which you can find here.
- Try a new recipe
- Read a book or listen to audiobooks/podcasts
- Cuddle your pet
- Put on a face mask and take a long bath
A final reminder…
If self isolation is getting you down remember that you are helping to save lives by staying at home.
You may feel lonely but you are not alone, this situation is only temporary and we are all in this together!