Here is our guide of 7 tips for making the most of self-isolation. We are currently in an uncertain and somewhat worrying time, but that doesn’t mean we can’t use it to our advantage and try to enjoy this time we have at home.
1. Don’t stay in your pyjamas all day!
Whether you’re able to work from home or not, it’s a good idea to change out of your pyjamas. You don’t have to put on work clothes, or even anything more than a comfy tracksuit, but getting up, washed and ready for the day as if it were any other does wonders for a positive mindset. Our top tip is to change into gym or exercise clothes to encourage you to exercise later on in the day.
Another tip is to never work from bed! Anywhere else in the house will do, but make sure you’re not infringing on the spot where you relax the most with work.
2. Only work during work hours
Many people who work from home on a regular basis will tell you this one. It’s easy when you’re working from home to log on as soon as you wake up to start scanning emails and notes from colleagues, to check your emails throughout having lunch and to keep your computer open for an hour or so later than you would normally finish work. You may think you’re being more productive, but there needs to be a clear differentiation between work time and home time. Leave the office behind at the end of the day to force you to disengage and relax.
Exercise has many well-known benefits, including combating health conditions and diseases, improving mood, boosting energy and promoting better sleep. Stay healthy and motivated during this time by ensuring you exercise each day. This can be a walk or run, yoga, a home HIIT workout, anything that you can do to get your body moving. If you are struggling with what to do, there are countless tutorials and classes online and on social media which show endless ways to workout from home without the need for gym equipment.
4. Eat healthily
Now is the perfect opportunity to kick start (or continue) healthy eating. We have the opportunity to make fresh, healthy meals throughout the day with less temptation of fast food, takeaways or eating out at restaurants. When you shop for your food each week, only buy healthy food and ingredients to keep at home. If you don’t want to be eating unhealthy foods and snacks, don’t have them in the house as temptation… simple! If you know you are a person who caves to temptation and cravings when you’re hungry, try meal prepping your food the night before to keep on track as well as saving on cooking time throughout the day.
It’s important to take time for yourself, whatever that might be. In the usual hustle and bustle of our busy lives, we can often overlook self-care, but now, we have no excuses. Take some time each day to relax and enjoy yourself. Some examples that we suggest include:
- Read a book
- Take a long, relaxing bath
- Do some baking
- Skincare (we all love a face mask)
- Watch a film
- Yoga (or any form of exercise)
- Play a game (we should be taking advantage of more time with our families)
- Call / video call a friend or family member
6. Schedule your day
Before going to bed, try planning out the following day so you know what time you are going to start and finish work, when your breaks will be, when to do some exercise and some down time activities for the evening. No plan at all can lead to a lack of motivation and it will be easy to forget to take breaks and to skip exercising.
7. Do something you’ve been meaning to do for a while
What have you wanted to do for a while? Learn a new language? Take an online class? Cook using new recipes? Clear out the loft? Now is the time to do it…
Self-isolation is unusual and difficult for most, so take care of yourself and those around you as best you can.
For more information about self-isolation and Government advice, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
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