How to stay positive during self-isolation
By: Molly Rice
Stay informed but set limits for news and social media
The news and social media sites can bombard us with a stream of bad news,which can leave you feeling anxious and worried. It would help if you choose a single news source and decide how much limited time you’ll spend. Sometimes it can be difficult to separate facts from rumours. Use trustworthy and reliable sources to get your news. Balance that out with engaging with things that are uplifting.
Stay connected to others
Keeping in touch with your friends and family may ease the stress caused by COVID-19. Talking through your concerns and feelings may help you find ways of dealing with challenges. Nowadays, technology is so advanced. We can contact our family or friends from any place in the world. When self-isolating, try to stay connected to people in other ways, for example, e-mail, social media, video calls, phone calls, text messages.
Keep up your healthy routines
Your routine may be affected by the coronavirus outbreak in different ways. But during difficult times like this, it’s best if you can keep some structure in your day. It’s important to pay attention to your needs and feelings, especially during times of stress. You may still be able to do some of the things you enjoy and find relaxing.
Take advantage of this time that we didn’t know we would have: “found time”!
Our lives are always so busy. During self-isolation take time to do things you
love, whether that is playing an instrument, baking, going for a walk or watching a movie. It is important to look after both your physical health and mental health.
Support each other
Receiving support and care from others can bring a sense of comfort and stability. Assisting other people in their time of need and reaching out to someone who may be feeling alone or concerned can benefit both the person receiving support as well as the helper.