Coronavirus isolation: 5 methods to deal with anxiousness and keep wellbeing – BBC World Service

published on July 8, 2020

In many parts of the world people are beingadvisedto self isolateduring the coronavirus pandemicBut it may feel difficult and make you anxiousAccording to the WorldHealth Organization, isolation and quarantinecan cause people to withdraw, and feel anger,stress, and agitationespecially older adults, or those with underlyinghealth conditions Many don’t have access to internet or 24 hour electricityHere are 5 offline things you can do to try and help your wellbeing

1 Plan your timeKeep your daily routine as much as possible, ortry drawing up aplan for the day to help you stay occupiedSetting alarms to remind you of your newschedulemight helpTake care with news

Be careful about how you get news and health information If news stories make you feel anxious,think about limiting what you look at for a whileOr decide on set times soyou aren’t overwhelmed3 Stay activeBuild physical activity into your daily routine, if possible Try doing simple things like cleaning your home,dancing to musicgoing up and down stairs, or sitting less

4 Stimulate your mindRead books, magazines and articles, or do puzzlesMeditation can help to focus and slow racing thoughts5 Relax and create!Engage in healthy activities that you enjoyExperiment with artwork, listen to music, or learn a new instrumentGetting as much of these into your everyday lifecan benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing

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