Understandably, social distancing can be boring or frustrating. You may find your mood and feelings are affected and you may feel low, worried or have problems sleeping and you might miss being outside with other people.
At times like these, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behavior which in turn can make you feel worse. There are simple things you can do that may help, to stay mentally and physically active during this time such as:
- Look for ideas of exercises you can do at home like walking, dancing, and yoga, cycling and swimming.
- spend time doing things you enjoy – this might include reading, cooking, other indoor hobbies or listening to the radio or watching TV programs
- try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and try to avoid smoking, alcohol, and drugs
- Keep your windows open to let in the fresh air, get some natural sunlight if you can, or get outside into the garden.
- Stay connected with your family and friends. Try to be in touch with those around you over the phone, by post, or online. Let people know how you would like to stay in touch and build that into your routine. This is also important in looking after your mental wellbeing and you may find it helpful to talk to them about how you are feeling.
- Talk to your physician or counselor
Remember it is OK to share your concerns with others you trust and in doing so you may end up providing support to them too.