Staying Connected and Resources
With everyone staying home more than usual and with any one of us, our family or friends potentially being asked to follow government guidelines on self-isolation at any time as part of the Test and Trace programme or on returning to the UK from another country. All of this has meant that we have had to be able to continue to adapt to change, something that can be challenging to deal with. Here are some tips, resources and ideas to help you during this time.
This information from the NHS provides guidance on self isolation ie how and why you may have to self-isolate. Here are some tips on staying connected during these times:
Vary your activities
Don’t just sit in front of a screen. Blue light from these devices can be disruptive to health and wellbeing.
Increase the amount of physical activity you can do in your home, such as going up and down the stairs or following online activities such as yoga /dance.
Engage with nature
Get as much exposure to the outside world as possible even if only in your garden: RSPB | BBC | Norfolk Wildlife Trust
If appropriate, maybe increase communication with your colleagues who might be working from home in isolation. Click to download our helpful leaflet.
Do something fun
This is really important as with extra time on your hands it’s easy to start worrying and reflecting more on the negatives
Take a moment
Minimise watching reading or listening to news that causes anxiety and distress.
Keeping a log of your emotions and daily life can help you process everything that’s going on.
Ideas for those with children
We’ve gathered together a few ideas to help you keep the kids busy – click the links below to find out more. Don’t forget to include exercise as part of your day, it’s good for your physical and mental health you can find some fun ideas for exercise in our physical health section.
Build a den
Organise a disco
Create a scavenger hunt
Have a family board game tournament
Bake or cook together