7 essential steps to coping with self-isolation
Updated: May 19, 2020
As the weeks of self-isolation continue, the effects of ongoing worry and stress on our well-being are being felt by many: Feelings of hopelessness, being overwhelmed, unmotivated, and isolated are common, and although we may have fallen into a new “normal” daily routine, the uncertainty of not knowing what life will look like when this is all over is draining.
When it seems like there’s no end in sight, small daily steps in self-care can help pull you out of this personally debilitating situation; often the things we feel like doing least of all are the very things we benefit from the most.
So, take your time, draw some energy from that very depleted energy reserve we know you still have, and do something from the suggested list below and see where it takes you.
Taking care of your health is not like a New Year’s resolution where you swear yourself off everything and can’t wait for an excuse to give it all up. Small daily steps in self-care can have powerful effects on your emotional wellness. Self-care is about being kind to yourself. It’s about taking little steps towards better health and feeling the benefits as you go. It’s about well-being for your whole body and mind, it’s about being kind and gentle. One small action can lead to another, and another, and in time, when you find more energy, when you feel more driven, when your inner light starts to shine, you understand why it’s important to keep it up.
Ask for help – everyone needs it sometimes
This business about having to do it all by yourself is nonsense. We are meant to be part of communities which is why it’s so hard to self -isolate. Everyone needs help at some time so reach out to friends and family, your local GP, or we here at PA2health. We are here to help. Sure, you have to do the work but we can help with what to do and give you the support, motivation and tools to spur you on – even when you don’t feel like doing it.
Practise stress management techniques
Simple breath techniques practised regularly have an extraordinary calming effect on the digestive system and mind. You do the practice, it takes only a few minutes a day, we’ll show you how.
Nourish your body
The conscious decision to eat more vegetables every day will make a difference to how much energy you have and how you feel. Even if you do nothing else. Perhaps you will decide to make a couple of new healthy meals a week and surprise yourself at how much you enjoy it. You’ll also be surprised at the energy you get from the process and the additional nourishment.
Get motivated through movement
Small steps in self-care include movement. Nothing energises the body and mind more than activity but believe us when we say that we’re not talking about extreme sports. Those of you who have enjoyed exercise in the past know what we’re talking about. For the rest of you remember, small steps can mean big results so just try and get moving. We can help.
Fatigue from lack of sleep is the most debilitating thing there is, especially when worry and stress are keeping us awake. Gentle relaxation audio practises played before sleep may be all you need to finally surrender these anxious thoughts and help you drop off at night. It’s a hard nut to crack but we can give you the tools to try.
While we’re in isolation we still must stay connected and online groups can be incredibly generous and welcoming. Private groups where people share something in common work best, particularly when they are professionally managed. PA2health run a private, by-invitation-only, FB page for all their members where people can chat to each other and members of the team
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