Tips for Self Care during Self Isolation
When you are struggling with your Mental Health the first thing they advise you to do is to not lock yourself away. Unfortunately, at the moment that is what we must do. However, at times like this it’s vital that you look after your Mental Health, so using my own experience of Anxiety I have written a list on how to keep yourself healthy.
Keep active and get outside
When my anxiety is increased or I am in a low mood, nothing helps me as much as going for a run. Get outside, go for a run, cycle or any other exercise. Don’t let yourself be trapped indoors for months feeling down. Break the cycle!(Pardon the pun)
Keep a routine
Although sleep is important, it’s important you don’t sleep all day. Try and keep a routine; get up in the morning, even if it’s just to watch TV. Letting yourself become nocturnal and being awake when everyone else is asleep will only make you feel worse.
One of my favourite Christmas presents was a Harry Potter colouring book and I find it so relaxing (even though I am slightly dyspraxic). The beautiful thing about this is that you don’t need to be good at it, you just have to enjoy it. Enjoy drawing but are bad at it? Who cares! Creating something can make you feel proud of yourself and self-love is vital at times like this.
I recently downloaded the Headspace app and it has done wonders for my headspace (get it?). A Headspace subscription Is free with Spotify Student but there also other options, such as Calm. A lot of these providers are also offering free support during this crisis, while it won’t be for everyone, now is the perfect chance to try it.
All of this spare time provides the perfect opportunity to read some of those books you have lying on your shelf. When I was ill, being able to escape out of my own head and into the world of Harry Potter gave me some fond memories in a very dark time.
Keep in touch
It’s 2020, there are so many ways to keep in touch with your friends online. Have virtual coffee meet ups, drink together, watch Finding Dory together. There are endless things you can do together on Skype, Zoom or Houseparty. Keeping your support networks there is vital during these difficult times.
While it is vital to keep in touch with everyone, it’s also important to not spend too much time on your phones. Balance is key. I recently deleted Facebook off my phone and it has done my mental state a world of good. Constantly scrolling through Facebook or Instagram and continually looking at the best parts of people’s lives can make you feel pretty shitty. Try to limit your time on ‘social media’ and your brain will thank you for it.
Limit your access to the news
You might think constantly being up to date on the news will relieve your stress, well spoiler, it won’t. The WHO currently recommends limiting your news intake to essential news. We are in a crappy situation and constantly reading about it won’t help.
Keep on top of uni work
Falling behind on uni work is another stress you do not need to add to your list. I know it can be difficult to produce your finest work under the current circumstances, but all you need to do is try your best.
Remember you are not alone
Everybody is in a similar boat. This is an incredibly stressful time, so it’s okay to feel anxious and depressed. The important thing is to reach out to others and to look to the future, because I promise you the future will be brighter.