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How can I look after myself mentally and physically if I am quarantining or shielding

How can I look after myself mentally and physically if I am quarantining or shielding

Why don’t you try? : Look after your mind and body while shielding

Given the successful rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine programme, the shielding programme has now ended. If you were previously identified as clinically extremely vulnerable, you are advised to continue to follow the guidance contained in Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread .

Keeping mentally and physically well will help quarantine feel more pleasant. And if you do happen to get sick, it may help if you’ve been as well as possible beforehand.

Get some physical activity
Getting your body moving can improve how you feel physically and mentally. You’ve been asked to stay inside your own home boundaries, which means you might not be able to do some of the types of exercise you would normally enjoy, but there are lots of ways to keep moving while inside the house or backyard.
We suggest:

  • For something a little more chill, you could do a yoga routine each day. There are plenty of free classes on YouTube, so you can choose something that suits your abilities.
  • If you’re a regular in the weights room, you might be missing your time at the gym. But you don’t have to visit the gym to be able to pump it up & there are lots of common household items you can use as hand weights. Grab some cans of food for bicep curls, or a bag of flour to add weight to your squats.

Get your nutrients
When your normal routines have changed, it can be easy to start eating differently, too. It’s important to keep eating a well-balanced diet while you quarantine, because getting all your normal daily nutrients will keep you feeling well.

If you’ve stocked up on some longer-lasting foods, like pasta or rice, make sure you still add some fruits or vegetables, and protein to each meal. Remember that frozen or canned fruits and veggies are a great option if you’re not able to access fresh food like you normally would.

If you’re able to use your kitchen while you quarantine (some people who share houses with others will be required to not share common rooms such as kitchens), why not spend some of your time trying out new recipes?

Drink plenty of water
Are you in the habit of drinking enough water every day? Dehydration doesn’t make anyone feel good, so make sure you’re getting 6-8 glasses of water each day. This will be a great habit to take with you once your quarantine period has ended.

Get creative or learn something new
Keeping your mind engaged is good for your mental wellbeing and a great way to spend time, something you might find you now have a lot of!

You could start a creative project or get back into an old hobby, like drawing, painting, knitting, writing or wood working. Or you could use this time to learn a new skill & there are lots of free apps to help you learn a new language and online tutorials for everything from learning how to do a handstand (make sure you’ve got some room for this one), to mastering photography.

Get some rest and relaxation
While binging on TV for the whole day will get old quickly, you should still take time every day to switch off and relax. Turn off the news and stay away from other virus alerts for an hour, and get cosy with a good book, movie, TV show or whatever entertainment takes your fancy.

Get plenty of sleep
Keeping a routine of going to bed and getting up at the same time will help you sleep better and feel rested during the day.

Connect with others
Connection with community can be a huge boost for our mental wellbeing. Just because you’re quarantining, doesn’t mean you have to be completely cut off from everyone. Luckily, these days we have phones and the internet to allow us to speak with our communities even if we can’t meet face-to-face.

Source: Health GLD
Photo by Tatiana from Pexels
Reviewed: 15/09/2021

Here’s a tip for you to try this week :

  • Keep fit in your home with online fitness exercises for your ability or do some gentle chair exercises.
  • Try a new hobby or learn a new skill, have a look at the adult learning centre or local library services.
  • Adapt a hobby or interest to be done in the home.

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