Staying inside and in self-isolation isn’t easy. It’s important that we all find our way through this uncertain time. The government advises those aged 70 or over, or those with an underlying health condition to self-isolate for up to 12 weeks. This can feel daunting for many, not being able to go about your daily routine or undertake your normal activities.

It’s really important that you look after your mental and emotional wellbeing as well as your physical health during this time.

To try and help we’ve pulled together some tips for how you can stay well while in lockdown.

- Establish a daily routine. Routines help us provide structure and purpose in our days.

- Balance your weekly routine so you have a good mix of activities that have to be done (e.g. chores), rest and leisure.

- Think about which regular activities are most important to you. What are the important elements to these? Can you adapt them to carry out in the home? For example, instead of going to a gym class, can you find a similar routine online that you can do?

- Set daily goals to provide purpose and a sense of achievement. This might include working through that list of things you keep meaning to do but never get round to.

- Identify the triggers that make you feel low, and look for ways to reduce or manage them.

- Talk to friends, neighbours and family to establish how they can help you during this time. Can they show you how to use helpful apps on your mobile phone, for example?

- Make sure you eat properly, with plenty of fruit, vegetables and water to support your immune function and energy levels.

- Avoid staying still for too long. Exercise and regular movement will maintain fitness and strength. Get up and walk around regularly.

- Make sure you get enough sleep. Try and maintain a good sleep routine. If you are struggling, try avoiding tea and coffee in the late afternoon and evening. You can also try taking a bath, using blackout curtains, listening to gentle music or deep breathing exercises. Why not try our mindfulness routine here?

- Stay in touch with your loved ones. Arrange to speak to someone most days on the phone, through social media or over the garden fence.

Although these tips might be helpful for you the most important thing is that you find a way through lockdown and self-isolation that works for you. Don't feel pressured to do things a certain way, but find your own rhythm. 

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