By Aisha Ahmed
With all of the fear and anxiety passing us by in the world right now, it’s important to ensure you are taking care of yourself too- it is easy to feel disconnected or down during periods of isolation. Here are some tips which may be helpful to practice during quarantine:
1. Journaling- writing your thoughts/feelings out on to paper and keeping a record can be incredibly helpful in allowing one to reflect. Looking back at this can reinforce how far you have come from that moment as well as just having a release.
2. Praying/mindfulness etc- a really useful way of tuning out from the buzz of the world, allowing one to channel any stress or uncertainty you may be feeling in to something calming and often healing. Can also help shape things in to perspective in terms of what we can and can’t ultimately control right now.
3. Exercise- daily or weekly exercise can help overall well-being as it releases chemicals known as endorphins and serotonin which can improve your mood. Even going for a quick walk in the sunshine could have a positive impact on your mood during social isolation!
4. Pick up/continue a hobby you enjoy- it can be art, poetry, baking etc which can feel fun, therapeutic and also give you a sense of achievement. Think of all those things you found difficult to do before because you were too busy, now’s your chance!
5. Support systems- cannot stress this one enough, text, call/video call your loved ones to check up on them whilst also having someone to talk to during this time. It’s not the same as meeting them properly but the next best thing. Sometimes sharing a laugh or feeling like you can confide in someone can make such a difference, and it may be just what they need too!
6. Try to take each day as it comes- it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with so many changes going on and the scary headlines. Take it one step at a time, focus on rediscovering the things you love and maybe take a step back from anything disrupting that. If reading statistics etc are giving you too much anxiety maybe step away for a bit and spend that time doing something that will uplift your mood. This could also include a social media cleanse if you feel it’s draining you.
*This is not an exhaustive list, but a helpful start point. It may differ for everyone.*