Posted on Apr 24, 2020 in Senior Tips
One of the biggest challenges posed by the Coronavirus is the fact that it has forced large numbers of people into self-isolation. While we’re all aware of the importance of such a measure in ensuring that transmission is minimized, it would be insensitive to overlook the difficulties such a way of life poses.
After all, we humans are social creatures. Spending time with friends and family is a hugely important part of our lives. When that possibility is taken away from us, it’s not surprising if we feel tricked or cheated.
Nonetheless, self-isolation does not have to mean boredom, nor loneliness. It just takes a bit of creativity and willingness to do things differently than what we’ve so far been used to.
Below you will find some of the best ways to overcome the challenges of self-isolation.
Most people have a clear routine in place during regular circumstances. And even though the Coronavirus is forcing us to behave differently than we’re used to, it’s no reason to completely abandon our daily habits.
One of the best ways to carry on right now is to make sure we find comfort in the things we can still do. That can be cooking a tasty breakfast, watching our favorite TV show, or going ahead with game night but moving it online.
Even if you’re feeling down, it’s best not to let yourself sleep in or spend most of the day in bed. Instead, try to find more productive ways to spend your time, whether that’s learning a new skill, challenging yourself to do something you’ve been wanting to do for a long time, or turning towards creative endeavors that will give you a sense of fulfillment.
No matter whether you’re tech-savvy or not, it’s safe to say that technology is a blessing right now – mostly because it’s giving people an opportunity to communicate even though they’re stuck at home.
So, don’t shy away from being in touch with friends or loved ones. All you need is a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, and you can both see and hear them without having to leave your room. Sure, talking online is not as great as a warm hug, but it can allow you to catch up and offer comfort to the people you hold dear.
Some apps, such as FaceTime, allow you to talk to up to 32 people at a time, so you can have a full-on party with food, drinks, music, or even a movie – without risking your health one bit!
Whether you’re used to eating healthy and keeping active or it’s something that doesn’t exactly make it to the top of your to-do list, now is a great time to start looking after yourself.
Try to choose healthier meals (which can be just as delicious as a juicy steak!), keep up with your vitamins, and try to make up for the lack of activity by doing some exercises that can be performed indoors.
Work on stretching, balance, and strength, as these are important in keeping your muscles and bones healthy and strong. Although you might not be able to go outside, there’s still plenty of cardio you can do around the house. If you have access to a stationary bike, you can get a great workout by spending a total of 150 minutes on it per week. Or, you can put your smartwatch to use and try to hit the goal of 8,000 steps per day. It doesn’t have to be all at once, but it will definitely give you lots of benefits.
Although most people self-isolating are probably spending these days in their comfiest pajamas and bathrobes, dressing up could do so much to lift your mood. So why not find a reason to wear your favorite dress or suit?
Whether you choose to present yourself in the best light when video chatting with your family or go all out in your best evening wear for a virtual night at the opera, rest assured that looking great is going to help you feel great. You can even take a fun selfie for your Facebook or Instagram page while you’re at it!
Finally, try to keep as optimistic during these times as possible. Life can be full of surprises, but letting it get us down is never the best option. Instead, now is the time to look for positive opportunities, to take good care of ourselves, and to check in with the people we care about most.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by having to remain to abide by self isolation, don’t be afraid to speak to people. Sometimes, all we need is a long conversation and a few reassuring words by a person we trust.
So take this time, find activities that will make you feel good about yourself, focus on your wellbeing, and don’t forget to stay safe. And remember, it’s OK to turn off the news every once in a while. It will allow you to focus your mind on the good things surrounding you.