For us all going into isolation our lives are hugely disrupted. We will need to find new ways of living, doing and being in order to THRIVE. Here are a few tried and true strategies that Occupational Therapists can be known to share…
Have a normal routine, with normal bedtimes and wake-times. A weekly planner, printed off and filled in may be useful.
Establish regular times during the day for different activities. Ie:
- Connecting with others
- Doing work (paid, housework, garden work etc) and school
- Playing games, being on technology
Set small, achievable goals for each day which include a balance of different activities (productive, leisure and self-care).
Make weekends different from weekdays.
Apply the 5 Ways to Wellbeing each day (mentalhealth.org.nz)
- Take notice
Set some Covid-19-free times throughout the day where you turn off the radio, TV and step away from technology and allow yourself to stop thinking or talking about the pandemic. Make a list of the possibilities to keep handy for when you are stuck for something to do.
Use this time as an opportunity for growth and development. Eg:
- Learn some new skills
- Build or enhance relationships
- Embrace an aspect of technology
- Make a list of your own
Stay calm, learn to relax, find out about anxiety and how to manage it in a way that works for you.
Look out for others, be kind to each other AND be kind to yourself too.
You can print these tips off as a one-pager to pin up or give away here. Tips for Coping during Isolation Period.
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