Strategies To Manage Isolation During COVID-19 Pandemic by Curamcare
29 April 2020
In this COVID19 pandemic situation, Curamcare has suggested various strategies to manage the people’s Isolation process. We all need to cope with certain things in this time of Isolation.
Here are some suggested strategies to follow to support isolation during Pandemic:
Maintain a Schedule
It’s best to have a regular schedule. Get up early, have a shower, wash your hair, get dressed properly, do all the stuff that we would do during normal times to maintain some consistency. After that, make sure you get out for your daily exercise we can all still do this in this Lockdown situation. It is important to do this and not stay locked up in your house, doing nothing and not moving.
Maintain Your Social Connections
We should think of “Physical distancing” not “Social distancing”. It is good to stay at home if you can or keep 2 feet distance from each other in order to prevent the spread of COVID19. But while maintaining physical distance, we should also use technology such as FaceTime, Skype, or a simple phone call, to maintain important social connections with both friends and family. Be sure to check in regularly with older family members or friends, especially those who live alone.
Take Care Of Yourself
Self-care is vital in this isolation process. Taking care of yourself helps you and your family in coming out of this critical situation.
Parents have got to keep themselves healthy if they want to take care of their children. Children can feel under pressure as far as all the stuff we see on the news, and by staying at home they can see the disruption to their daily schedules.
Taking a shower without being interrupted, going for a quick walk by yourself, listening to music, yoga or other exercises, or talking on the phone with a friend. Just some things you can do that can make you feel better.
In normal circumstances, eating a safe, nutritious diet is necessary, but perhaps even more so during isolation when our bodies are coping with the added stress. Increased emotional responses are normal and to be expected as we manoeuvre our way through this crisis. In times of stress, some people lose their appetite, while others may have a tendency to over-eat or 'comfort eat.' Be mindful of your stress responses and monitor your food intake to help you keep track of your portion sizes and food choices. Try to eat healthily and limit foods high in saturated fats.
The occasional treat is, of course, to be enjoyed and now is not the time to beat yourself up over the choices you make. The NHS has some excellent general advice for healthy eating.
Anxiety and boredom can also cause the intake of alcohol to increase. Current advice is to try to drink no more than 14 units of alcohol per week if you are a woman or 21 units for men. Alcohol Change UK acknowledges that these unusual circumstances can lead people to use alcohol as a mechanism for coping. They offer support and advice on how alcohol consumption can be regulated during self-isolation.
Improving the Immune System
The immune system is a complex system yet to be fully understood by scientists. Certain lifestyle factors are thought to influence how effectively your body fights off infection. You are generally advised to try to:
- Maintain good sleep habits
- Eat a wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables
- Avoid smoking
- Exercise regularly
- Manage stress levels
It's unrealistic to expect us to make sensible and healthy choices all the time because of the restrictions and stress that we are experiencing at the moment. But concentrating on your health and making minor changes to your daily routine can help you stay healthy and well through self-isolation.