How to Stay Happy & Healthy in Isolation

How to Stay Happy & Healthy in Isolation

In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, it has been made very clear from health professionals and authorities that self-isolation and social distancing are vital in preventing the spread of COVID-19. This is a challenging situation and one that requires us to remain positive whilst spending a lot more time indoors.

To help you keep busy, spend quality time with your household and remain calm and healthy within the physical constraints of your home, we’ve put together a couple of quick tips.

De-clutter
With all this extra time at home, it’s the perfect opportunity to Marie Kondo your crib. Start by cleaning out your fridge and pantry. Also consider reorganising your wardrobe, donating any unwanted but good condition items to charity or selling online to earn some much needed extra cash.

Ready, steady, cook!
Incorporating the aforementioned cleaned-out pantry, put almost out-of-date and any panic-bought items to good use and start baking. Nothing beats a home cooked meal!

Home maintenance & repairs
Got a creaking door that needs fixing? Light globes to be replaced? Lawns to be mowed? We all have an odd-jobs list, so get cracking while you’ve got the time.

Backyard blitz
Gardening is an excellent stress reliever so if you have an outdoor area, consider giving it some TLC. Tidy up, add new plants and clean outdoor furniture.

Healthy mind
Bingeing on Netflix is an easy way to keep yourself occupied while at home but try to limit your screen time to keep your mind active and healthy. Limiting your news consumption will also give you a break from all the doom and gloom. Practice meditation, read a book, do a puzzle or colour in – it’s not just for kids!

Let’s get physical
Although there are restrictions in place, you can still go for a walk, run or bike ride in your local area. Not only does this present an excellent opportunity to get some fresh air and vitamin D, exercise also releases endorphins, feel-good chemicals in the brain that improve mood and concentration.

Stay connected to your loved ones
Maintaining your social connections has never been more important. Communicate with friends and family regularly via phone, apps or email, and please remember to check in with the more vulnerable members of our community including the elderly or those that live alone.

If you are struggling during this challenging time, Beyond Blue are here to help.