How to get through this thing we call Self Isolation

Our Brand Marketing Executive, Rhian shares her tips to stay healthy and active during the Lockdown …

In no way is this meant to be a guru guide or something that you follow verbatim. But for someone that has anxiety spells, I thought it was my responsibility of some description to help those out there that are feeling afraid, uncertain and quite frankly all over the place at the moment.

We’re now ultra-aware of ourselves and how we’re feeling; the slightest cough or sniff has us in a little frenzy and we’re tuning in to watch Boris Johnson’s speech as regularly as our beloved Love Island slot.

While things are out of our power and control, (for our own good but most importantly NHS’s) there’s no reason why we can’t take control of our temporary working from home lives. Remember this IS temporary.

Live Big at home

So, here are a few tips to help you through the lockdown

1. Don’t keep opening news tabs on your laptop.

Seriously, it does nothing for your stress levels. Keep on top of the news of course; but don’t let it consume you. You’re only human and there’s only so much our brains can take.

2. Decide on a routine that works for you and/or your self-isolating crew and stick to it.

Waking up at the same time each day, getting showered and dressed will make you feel much better than sitting about in your pjs (you can do this sometimes…just not every day ok). Oh, and make sure you’re getting your regular hours of sleep.

3. Set up a working from home desk.

Sitting with your laptop on your lap will hurt your neck and back and leave you feeling pretty sluggish (I can vouch). Make sure your chair has good back support and you’re not straining your neck. Use pillows, cushions and whatever you can to help!

4. Create a to do list each day.

By writing down a list and crossing off as you go you feel productive and motivated. You can even jot down your scheduled calls with people. Interaction where possible is key right now!

5. Take regular breaks.

Do 20 star jumps, dance to your favourite song or call a loved one. Time away from your screen is just as important!

6. Get the exercise in

I’m not the first person to tell you this, but exercise helps the mind, the body and soul. Use your time outside wisely – go for a run. Join a virtual exercise group, switch your fitness app to the home workout plan. Or do some Yoga with Adriene. Get the blood pumping, you’ll reap the awards.

Summer bodies were made in self isolation..right?!

Recommended apps: Tone&Sculpt, DownDog, Gymondo

7. Take time for yourself.

As much as keeping up with WhatsApp messages, Houseparty schedules helps to feel connected, sometimes switching off can be the best thing. Don’t let an influx of messages overwhelm you. It’s okay to leave people on read sometimes…

Have a long bath, paint your nails, watch your favourite film, binge a series or make something delicious.

8. Meditate

Meditation can be in the form of old school meditating, guided meditation, watching reality TV or organising that cupboard you’ve wanted to for ages. Whatever helps you unwind – do it.

Meditation apps: Headspace, Calm, Smiling Mind

9. Think of 3 things you’re grateful for when you wake up and 3 things you’re grateful for when you go to bed.

I think of my niece and her cheeky grin, my hilarious friends and my brother for temporarily letting me live in his house! This will put you in a positive state of mind.

10. Don’t overdo it on the booze

Having the beer fear whilst isolated would be a complete disaster.

This may seem a little obvious to some, but I hope this gives you a little helping hand. You can still Live Big at home – so why not take up a new hobby. Hula hooping while balancing a bottle on your head could be your hidden talent!

Stay safe, Big Love