Hi folks, I thought that I would share some more tips with you to help you keep sane when self-isolating or in lock-down.
Keep a daily journal
You may feel more ‘down’ than usual at the current time, particularly if you are prone to depression. One thing that may help, particularly if you are on your own, is to keep a daily journal of how you are feeling. Getting your thoughts down on paper often helps to make your head feel clearer. Obviously, if your symptoms are extreme and you need to seek professional help, please do so.
Keep a ‘Gratitude Diary’
It may help you to keep a ‘Gratitude Diary’ as this will help you to focus on the good things in life. There are lots of things to be grateful for, even in the current circumstances, i.e. friends, family, pets, etc. It can be especially beneficial, at times like this, to reflect on the good things in life, as, in challenging times, we may have a tendency to focus on the negative things, which will only make us feel worse. Acknowledging the good things in life helps us to keep a sense of perspective about the situation. We will come to realise that there are some things to be thankful for, whether that is people in your life, your pets, having a roof over your head, your health, etc. Perhaps, try to think of three different things a day, or, alternatively, make a note of three things each day that you have enjoyed. They could be a phone call with a friend, a walk (if you are able to get out) or a television programme that you have watched, for example.
Exercise to help increase motivation
If you feel like you should do more with the extra time you may have at the moment, but you do not feel motivated this can make you feel worse in yourself. For example, if you can go out for daily exercise but are not doing so, this will probably lower your mood. We often have to do something to gain/increase our motivation. Put your effort into doing something, when your mood is not too bad and just take small steps at a time. Perhaps you can start by going for a walk around the block? You may find that you actually enjoy this, and you can increase the time you spend out on a daily basis. Only go out if you can always and remember to practice safe distancing. If you are not allowed out, perhaps you are able to do exercise in your garden, if you have one?
Why not take up gardening?
If you do have a garden, particularly if it is normally neglected, why not take up gardening? Seeing an improvement will, no doubt, help you feel better, but will give you some time outdoors and will add to the amount of exercise that you get each day. If you do not have a garden perhaps you can plant flowers or vegetables in containers as I have done? You can order supplies online as garden centres are currently shut. One of our Podio volunteers regularly posts gardening tips on our Podio website.
Attend online events
Attend online personal developmental/social events. These are great for meeting with other people and chatting and increasing your motivation. You may find some for free or others that do not cost a fortune.
I will be back posting some more tips soon to help you make the most of the current situation. Please remember that the situation we are currently in will not last forever. Until next time, stay safe…