The impact self-isolating can have on someone’s mental health

Things that may be impacted by isolation include finances due to being off work, your health or the health of loved ones and increased feelings of boredom and loneliness. These are common feelings to experience when self-isolating and this period of time will pass. There are things you can do to protect your mental health and increase your resilience during this time.

Self-care tips for looking after your mental health while isolating

Stay connected

Having positive relationships with others is important in making us feel connected. Remember to keep in touch with your friends and family by phone, messaging or video calls.

Look after your physical health

A healthy diet, exercise and sleep are important in helping us to look after our well-being. Think about ways you can continue to exercise inside or in the garden, for example, home workouts or some form of stretching/yoga.

Keep a routine

Keeping to some kind of routine can be beneficial to our mental health. Try and continue your ‘usual’ routine as much as possible, such as the time you wake up and go to sleep, mealtimes and other home activities.

Have a plan

Having a plan for things that you may need can be helpful to reduce stress. Plan for how you will get your shopping or medication, let services know you are isolating so they can adapt any appointments you have and talk to your employer about your rights and pay.

Talk about it

It’s important to talk about how you are feeling to someone you trust or a service that is involved in your care. Sharing your thoughts and emotions can take a weight off and can help to identify things that might help improve how you are feeling.

Interests

Try to continue doing what you enjoy where you can, or consider how you adapt your hobby to be able to do it at home. If you don’t have a hobby, or cannot do it from home, think about trying something new – whether that is learning a new skill, reading about a topic or trying a new recipe.

Coping skills

Remember the things that help you manage your mental health, from breathing exercises to mindfulness or journaling. Spend some time creating your ‘toolkit’ of coping skills so they are easily accessible, such as writing them in a notebook or creating a folder on your computer.

Useful resources

Gov.uk for up to date information and guidance

NHS for advice on symptoms, testing, vaccination and isolation

NHS Volunteer Responders for help with prescriptions and shopping

SupportLine for a list of helplines for specific issues

Samaritans for 24-hour confidential support, call 116 123

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