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I’m sharing this Daily Self-Care Checklist for Self Isolating as when I moved to the countryside from London 9 years ago, I felt very isolated and alone. So I’m no stranger to what many people who are having to self-isolate are feeling right now. However, at least I could still leave the house, meet friends for a coffee, and go shopping for pleasure.
For the majority of us, life has changed beyond all recognition in just one week. Few of us really took in what was happening or how serious things were until it was upon us.
So, how are we going to cope?
For many people, being cooped up in an apartment without a garden or outdoor space is going to be tough. For others, it’s the weeks of loneliness without face-to-face contact that will be difficult. And then there are those who are going to find being stuck inside together for weeks on end challenging. Obviously these are very testing times indeed!
So, to help us get through these challenging weeks, I’ve asked life coach and occupational psychologist, Jivan Demsey, to share her daily self-care checklist on how to stay focused and positive during self-isolation and social distancing.
Jivan’s ethos is to help people to ‘THRIVE’ – Think positive, Healthy living, Rest well, Invest in yourself, Gain Vitality, and More Energy.
Here is her daily self-care checklist to help you cope with self-isolation and to build up your resilience for when we come out on the other side.
Daily Self-Care Checklist for Self Isolating
“As the Prime Minister said “we are a fantastic, spirited nation” with a sense of our own invincibility, but it’s important we do as the government tells us,” says Jivan. “Stay away from others. Social distance. This is for very good reasons, and we all have to work together to flatten the curve, not overwhelm the NHS – and we will all get through this quicker.”
If you are in any doubt about self-isolating or social distancing, find the latest guidelines here.
Keep a routine
Understandably, it’s tempting at a time like this to hide under the duvet until it’s all over. But it’s so important to maintain a sense of purpose.
“It’s easy to become a couch potato, binging on boxsets! But a routine is really important to stay mentally alert,” advises Jivan. “Try to get up at the same time, work, and remember to take your breaks. If it helps why not get dressed as you would if were in the office? Make quiet time part of this routine to contemplate and recharge your batteries.”
Set up Virtual Social Time
Even if you’re not a fan of digital technology, now is the time to embrace Skype and Zoom (other platforms are available!) so that you can keep in touch with colleagues, friends, and family and maintain some sense of social contact.
“Video-conferencing is a great way to stay connected while we are working from home, but why not use it to connect with your friends too?” says Jivan. “Hold regular virtual get-togethers and maybe a weekly party. It’s not quite the same as being together in the same place but a great alternative way of having fun. Be creative!”
Be a Friend
Some of us are happy with our own company, but for others, being alone for long periods can easily lead to depression and anxiety.
“Look out for friends and colleagues who seem quiet or isolated, “ says Jivan. “They may be struggling and need support. Listen to what they’re saying and challenge any negative thinking or catastrophising. This will help them see things in perspective. More importantly, be a friend to those who aren’t engaging or talking and reach out to them. They may need your help more than anybody.”
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Practicing mindfulness and taking time to meditate or just slow down, breathe and take note of the present moment can really help to alleviate anxiety or stress. “Even if it’s only for 15-20 minutes per day, it will help to ground you and calm any feelings of stress and anxiety. It also gives you the personal space you need if you’re cooped up with your family all day long.”
Related – What is Mindfulness
Have fun with your kids
Being at home with your kids – especially if you’re juggling working from home with homeschooling – is a challenge!
“Now that the schools are closed and our kids are also at home, we have to find a way of working and rubbing along together that’s going to be productive. It’s going to be hard on you, but it’s also going to be hard on them,” says Jivan. “Let your kids into your workspace and encourage them to do their “work” – draw pictures or read a book – while you do yours. Set breaks so you can interact with your kids, comment on their work, praise them, and give them lots of positive strokes.”
“You will find a pattern that works for you all over time. Remember, it’ll be frustrating for them as well. After this initial period of adapting and upheaval, things will settle into a routine for you and your children. And if all else fails there is always children’s TV! Try to structure your work routine around the kids – and the interruptions – and this should help to make it a more positive experience for you all.”
Stay fit and well
Making time every day to get outside is vital for mind, body, and soul! “It feels like it’s getting harder to go out and get fresh air. But it’s so important that we can go out for some exercise to get those endorphins pumping,” says Jivan.
“Set up a make-shift gym in the garden, or check out virtual exercise classes like yoga and try to do them outside in the garden or balcony, where you can, while maintaining distance from other people.”
8. Prepare for the other side
We’re all hoping that this situation will be over soon – and that we can get back to our ‘normal’ lives. “It’s important to remain positive. This is temporary and business will bounce back.
If you’re an entrepreneur, it’s a scary time. Think about your business and how you could remodel it. Can you take your business online? What additional value can you offer to your clients? What new services or products could you offer?
If you’re an employee now is the time to really focus on what you want to do. Perhaps it’s a new career or more training? Maybe now is the time to write that book?” says Jivan.
“It’s a confusing and frightening time at the moment for us all. Who knows how long this crisis will last and what kind of society we’ll be at the end of it. But hold onto the thought that we’re all in it together.”
Thank you to Jivan for sharing her daily self-care checklist for staying positive and focused during the next few weeks.
What are you doing to stay sane at the moment?
I’d love to hear your tips too!
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