Tips During Self-Isolation

So here we are. Self-isolating. Something that is NEEDED in order to get over this ordeal.

But when self-isolating, how can we keep positive? How can we keep productive? How can we stay sane???

I’m no expert. And I’m not pretending to be. But here are a few things I think will help in order to keep normality as much as possible during this surreal time and experience.

Firstly, I think keeping some form of routine is going to be a huge part of feeling positive throughout this process. So set your alarm. Don’t lie in. Get up and make your bed. Have a healthy, nutritious breakfast, and then start work for the day. Even if you are working at home (which is probably the case) I believe keeping your routine is crucial. Don’t start work in your pajamas or without brushing your teeth. Get ready as you normally would to attack the day.

Secondly I feel that keeping some form of activity is very important to being positive about the current situation. While we have to abide by the social distancing rules, we can still go for walks, cycle or run. The endorphins released from exercise help you to feel good, which is something I feel we could all do with right now. Home workouts could also be a helpful while keeping active. Squats, lunges, burpees, it’s all good. Just look at elevating your heart rate for a period of time (20-minute workout should be good). There are thousands of workouts in magazines or online you can do from home. There are limitless opportunities to do so.

Healthy nutrition is again going to be a massive aspect of you feeling and looking good throughout the isolation process. If we go to the shops and stock up on crisps, biscuits, cakes, chocolate, and sweets, and they are sitting in the cupboards, then you are far more likely to eat them when bored. And boredom will be prevalent at some point over the next few weeks. The term ‘out of sight, out of mind’ will be useful here. If you don’t buy it, you won’t eat it. Also, with foods like I have mentioned above, they lack nutritional value, and therefore you will lack nutritional balance. To keep energy levels at a constant and to avoid sugar spikes and crashes, be sensible with your food intake. Eat a well-rounded, balanced diet. Lots of vegetables, protein (meat, fish, soya), grains, healthy fats, along with a ‘treat’ now and again (yes, we are human, and you are allowed treats). This balance of nutritiously dense foods as well as some snacks to help keep the mind in a good place will be one of if not THE biggest component of being active and positive throughout isolation.

Eat healthy, feel energetic, be positive!

Onto my final tip to help us all through isolation, and this is the lack of need to ‘social’ distance. Yes, we need to physically distance ourselves from one another, but we still need social interaction. This doesn’t mean we have to see people in person, but what we can do is pick up the telephone. Call someone. Facetime someone. Text someone. We all need to stick by each other in times of need. So, don’t go through this alone. Everyone needs support. Everyone!!! So, let’s give it to them!

Like I mentioned at the start of this article, I am NO expert in regard to self-isolation, but I feel the above points will help us all in some way or another to get through this as smoothly as we possibly can.

If you have any questions or seek any advice, I’ll happily be of assistance. Drop me an email at mark@zenithfit.co.uk.