We are now in our 4th week of self isolation. Some ways it’s been harder this week and in others, it’s been easier as we are in our daily routine now. Not sure how we are feeling about my daughter’s second birthday coming up as we won’t be doing anything different than we’ve been doing daily these past few weeks. We are baking a Peppa Pig cake, but can’t invite the Grandma’s over to visit. To be honest we’ve got no reason to feel lonely during self isolation as we have each other. But not everyone is in our position.
I have a busy household with a 2 and 4 year old, plus Mr B working from home. But there are others our there who might not be as fortunate as us with lots to do around the home and the girls taking up our time.
Therefore I’ve put together 5 ways not to feel lonely during self isolation. To help the people living on their own, or partners working away.
1 Practice Daily Self Care
I’m rubbish at self care, I’m the first to admit that, but it’s not through a lack of trying! But practicing self care daily will give you perspective and a purpose to get up in the mornings.
Shower daily when you wake up, get dressed and eat at regular times keeping a varied healthy diet as much as possible.
2. Keep It In Perspective
Why are we self isolating? It won’t last forever. It’s just an unfortunate time.
You are in the best place to stay safe and well. There will be an end to all of this, and life will go back to normal eventually, so you have a lot to look forward to.
These are some great tips from mind.org on improving your mental wellbeing.
3. Make an Effort
Be the first to pick up that phone and call a friend. Reach out. Be proactive.
Don’t wait for others to get in touch. Loneliness can become a habit and get worse the more you ignore it, so get in touch when you need to.
4. Set up a Routine
Get in touch with family and friends the same time each week, so you have something to look forward to. This can form the basis of your routine over the week. Maybe one day phone and the next time video call or Facetime.
5. Set up Projects
I’ve got a list of jobs around the house to do as long as your arm. But having them written down as a list gives you somewhere to start and then tick off once completed.
You can set short term and long term projects. Like clearing out the kitchen cupboards or under stairs cupboard for short term projects. If you are going for longer-term ones, digging the garden and setting up vegetable plots or painting and decorating are good plans to have. But make sure they are enjoyable to you and of course achievable.