The coronavirus pandemic has made it harder to connect with people outside. Whether you’re quarantined because of suspected exposure, staying home because you’re in a high-risk category, or staying at home to help prevent the spread of infection, you may find yourself unprepared for feelings of loneliness. Which will probably come later.
Not only this, loneliness can also affect your physical health. To see a proper outlook, research has shown that feeling lonely or isolated is just as harmful to your physical health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. It affects the human body twice as much as obesity, putting you at higher risk for health complications such as heart disease and stroke. Here are some tips on how to cope with self-isolation during the pandemic.
Keep to a Schedule
Even if you are isolated at home, try to keep a regular schedule as much as you can. While isolation can feel like it will never end, trying to make these days as positive and normal as possible will help you get over it. Start each day with a plan of some of the things you will do, keep a daily diary of how you are feeling and what you are doing, and keep a symptom log if you are managing an illness. All these tracking systems will help you to feel that you are proactive about the situation.
Express your Creative Side
Have you ever tried playing piano or guitar? Have you ever been interested in painting? Do you have a pile of holiday photos that you once promised yourself you’d put in the scrapbook? Is there a recipe you’ve always wanted to try but never had time for? Use your time in isolation to reconnect with creative activities that you had to stop because life got too busy. Spending time on creative activities keeps your mind busy. Keeping your mind engaged and engaged can help ward off feelings of boredom or restlessness and make time pass faster.
Grab A Piece of Cake
The pandemic has had such a profound effect on the minds of people that people almost gave up the idea of eating out or taking outside food to their homes. Hence, food delivery services were soon back on track as people reposed their trust in their favorite online portals. And there are already some online bakeries doing cake home delivery in Delhi and in other major cities with no contact services.
And what could be better than a delicious cake on your table to beat isolation. Cake is the best way to give pleasure in different tastes. You can choose any flavor of cake. Be it Pineapple, Butterscotch, Black Forest, White Forest, or Red Velvet Cake for your or your loved ones, and make sure you feel happy even during the gloomy times of the pandemic.
Connect with Others
The best thing you can do to battle loneliness and isolation during this difficult time of pandemic is to connect with family and friends in non-traditional ways. While you can’t visit with family and friends in person, that doesn’t mean you can’t connect with them digitally.
Take care of yourself
Eat regularly, exercise, get enough sleep and reduce all other sources of stress. Do things that give you back control of your life. Devote time to activities that improve your mood. It could be listening to music, a movie, a good book, a hobby you didn’t have time for before. Be active and focused because this strong attitude gives you the power and control of an uncertain situation. Plus, taking care of yourself will not only help you stay healthy, but it will also help you stay calm and focused.
Do more things you love
Taking your time to do more things you love can keep you from focusing on feelings of loneliness and that’s good for your well-being.If you can go outside, a trip to the park can help, but always follow social distancing guidelines when you are out of your home.
Stay safe! Stay happy!
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