Some tips to take care of yourself during self-isolation

Friday, 27 March 2020

Hi everyone! Hope you are all doing well. We have put together a few suggestions for taking care of yourself and your mental health during this period. We are all in this strange situation, and we hope you will find some useful tips. If you have more suggestions or want to share something, write a comment in the comment section!

What is mental health?

To have a good mental health means that you are in a good and balanced psychological and emotional state. Mental health is as important as physical health, and allows you to think and behave in ways that are good for you and for those around you.

Coronavirus and self-isolation: is it normal to feel anxious?

It’s totally normal and understandable if you sometimes feel worried and concerned about what is happening.

It's not easy to process what is happening in our minds, because most of us have never experienced a situation like this, and we may not know how to react. Seeing events cancelled, schools and shops closed, having to stay at home can seem a bit scary, and the fact that what will happen in the next few weeks and months is still quite uncertain can make us anxious about the future.

Also, the disruption in our routine and our daily lives can be quite stressful. This situation can also add up to other challenges we may already face maybe related to friendships, family, and school.

But don’t worry, everything is going to be alright. In the meantime, we have written a few tips for you to take care of yourself and those around you during these strange times, before things go back to normal :)

Tips for taking care of yourself during home confinement

Being at home and not being able to do many of the things we would normally do, like playing outside, meeting with friends, going to the restaurant etc., can be frustrating. But there are ways in which we can make the best out of these days at home and stay in good mental and physical health:

- Do not shy away from talking and asking questions to people you trust about the coronavirus or other things that are making you worry. It's ok to share your concerns with others, and it is usually better to talk about these things instead of keeping them for yourself.

- Eat healthy and stay hydrated to keep your mood and energy levels stable. Our body and mind are very closely connected, and it's important to take care of both for your general wellbeing.

- Exercise, move, keep your body fit and healthy. This will improve your mood, and keep all the parts of your body active.

- Stay connected with people via text and calls. Physical isolation doesn’t mean social isolation! Luckily, technology and the Internet allow us to easily communicate and stay in touch even if we are all stuck in our own homes. Maybe also take this opportunity also to reach out to some friends and family that you have lost touch with that are in the same situation as you.

- See if there are ways in which you can help other people who are struggling and are in need of support. Are there friends and family members that you can call? Are there local support groups in your community?

- Get as much sunlight, fresh air and nature as you can. If you are lucky enough to have a garden, spend as much time outside as you can. Otherwise, you can take a daily walk or run outside, and let nature take care of yourself. Of course, remember to follow social distancing rules when you go outside.

- Keep your brain stimulated: read books/magazines/articles, play board games, listen to podcasts, watch movies/series, draw/paint, cook. This is important both to keep your mind healthy, and to get distracted from the daily news about the coronavirus, which can be a bit stressful sometimes.

- Meditation can be really helpful to deal with anxiety and stress. It can help us focus when we do tasks, increase our attention span, and find ways to better deal with our emotions and thoughts. If you have never tried to meditate before, there are many short sessions on Youtube that you can try. There is also an app for beginners called Headspace that you can download on your phone.

What to do if you need support

If you feel overwhelmed and feel like you need someone to help you, reach out to friends, family, and people you can trust for support. There is nothing wrong or shameful about asking for support!

Also, do not hesitate to contact Woodcraft leaders and members, we are always here to support you and will do our best to help you.

We hope this helps, let’s try to stay positive and support each other :)