As we enter another phase of pandemic, our healthcare protocol has recently changed. Which allow individuals with mild or no symptoms to self-isolate early and recover at home. Whether you are self-isolating in a community isolation facility or at home, it’s not just your physical health you have to take note of – your mental well-being is just as important.
You may feel worried or anxious about your finances or job, your health or those close to you. Perhaps you feel bored, frustrated or lonely. It’s important to remember that it’s OK to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently.
Here are some tips on taking care of wellbeing while in isolation.
Talk about your worries
If you need to self-isolate, it’s normal to feel worried or frustrated. Don’t be afraid to speak up to those you trust about your concerns – opening up can really help.
Even if you can’t speak to someone you know, or if it doesn’t work, there are numerous helplines you can call.
Stay on top of difficult feelings
Your concern about the COVID-19 outbreak and your health is normal. However, some people may experience intense anxiety that can negatively affect their day-to-day lives.
Be sure to focus on the things you can control, like how you act and who you speak to.
While it’s okay to acknowledge that some things are beyond your control. If constant thoughts about it make you feel anxious or overwhelmed, try these ideas to help manage your anxiety.
Establish a healthy sleep routine
Sleep problems can result from inactivity, overuse of technology, and a lack of commitment to a regular daily routine. A good night’s sleep can simultaneously reduce your level of stress and help you deal with it better the following day. To improve your sleep hygiene, consider these suggestions:
- maintain a consistent sleep schedule
- exercise early in the day
- be mindful of caffeine and alcohol intake
- avoid the use of technological devices at night time
- practice guided mindfulness for relaxation in the evening
Take up a new hobby
During this period, you can take up a new hobby or devote yourself to revisiting something you’ve always enjoyed, but did not have the time to do. You could also use the time to pursue self-improvement – that is, to learn new skills. You may also want to learn something that will improve your life, your employability, or something you know you will enjoy.
Maintain a healthy diet
Your daily routine may affect what you eat throughout the day. It can be beneficial to try and maintain a balanced diet since eating healthily can help reduce stress. Consider planning your meals for the week ahead. You can then order what you need or ask a friend or family member to come pick up your weekly groceries. Creating a structured plan for nutritious meals throughout the week may also encourage healthy eating.
Isolation can have a detrimental effect on the mind and body of individuals. In Singapore, if you are required to self-isolate, you will have easy access to professional support, such as a quarantine buddy, counsellors and telemedicine operators. While we should try not to overload our healthcare heroes, if you, at any point, find that you need professional support – do not hesitate to seek help.