Julie Lightfoot of JL Consultancy, a Preston based coaching and training service for those, who like Julie, have a passion for Personal development and Continuous Professional Development (CPD) provides some tips to help you keep sane when self-isolating as many of us are now. JL Consultancy uses techniques learned from countless training programmes, hours of reading and research, and experience of working with and empowering people, JL Consultancy brings you a fresh perspective to life.
I talk a lot about having a positive mindset.
If you can develop a positive mindset it makes challenges like this that much easier to bear. For example, although we may find ourselves in a situation where we feel powerless, there is something that we can learn to control. That is the way we react to the situation which will help us to feel either better or worse about being in self-isolation. Yes, it is an unusual situation that we are in at this current time, but we are all in it together. Acceptance is the key to this – we need to accept that the situation is real and there is little we can do about it (other than following the guidelines as much as we can). A positive mindset will enable us to appreciate that there is light at the end of the tunnel and that the situation will pass. Try not to dwell on the situation too much and find other things to help you pass the time. Dwelling on a situation only makes us feel worse; being optimistic about the future will help us to feel better.
Make the most of the unusual situation that you find yourself in
It may give you the opportunity to get around to those jobs in the house that you never get around to (sorting out the spare room in my case!) Think how you can adapt what you normally do. For example, can you do things online that you would normally do face-to-face? I am planning some online events instead of face-to-face events, for example.
Learn a new skill or hobby
There is lots of information online that can help you with this. This could be taking up something like knitting, sewing, crafting, tracing your ancestry or learning an instrument. Use the time creatively and you may find that you start to enjoy the new skill or hobby that you have taken up and continue with it going forward. It is a great time for people (like me) to try to switch off from our usually busy lives and start appreciating the simple things in life that we don’t always notice when we are so busy. Mindfulness will help with this. It is great for helping us manage our anxiety and switch off from what is happening in the world. Yoga and other forms of exercise that we can do indoors will also help.
Stay in touch with people
Whether that is on the other end of the phone or via an online platform, it does not matter. It is good to talk – don’t sit in isolation dwelling on things that you cannot change. Chat to the people that you would normally see regularly. Perhaps also chat with those people that you have been meaning to keep in touch with for a while, but you have been too busy to – now is the time! Remember, the old saying ‘A problem shared is a problem halved’ – you may be hesitating about phoning an old friend whom you have not been in touch with for a while, but they will probably be really pleased to hear from you and you may both benefit from getting in touch again. This is a great time for communication!
Retain a sense of humour
Another old saying goes ‘Laughter is the best medicine’ and I think that there is a lot of truth in this. Laughter makes us feel better so why not re-watch some of your favourite comedy shows? This will make you feel better than having the 24-hour news channel on at the current time!
I will be posting more tips to help you on a regular basis over the next few months.
Julie Lightfoot, Life Coach