NHS Covid Advice
Advice on keeping yourself well whilst self-isolating with Covid 19.
Taken from Healthwatch England information
Self-isolating can be difficult for anyone, from feeling bored and lonely to being frustrated and restless. So it's important to remember this time will pass and what you're doing is vital in protecting yourself and others. Here are a few top tips to keep in mind while self-isolating:
1. Be practical
First, think about how you will manage practical everyday tasks that you might not be able to do while self-isolating. From letting your work know you have tested positive to ordering an online grocery shop or asking a neighbour to help deliver household supplies.
If you take repeat medication and don't have enough, don't panic – you might be able to order repeat prescriptions by phone or online via a website or app. If this isn't possible, contact your GP and ask for their advice.
2. Stay connected to others
It can be a very lonely time but staying connected to your friends and family can really help you feel more yourself. Think of all the ways to keep in touch with loved ones – by phone, messaging, video calls or social media. You might want to block out some time each day to chat with someone on the phone. This can give each day some structure and help tackle feelings of loneliness.
3. Stay on top of difficult feelings
Feeling anxious during this time is very normal. Try to focus on the things you can control, such as how you act, who you speak to and where you get information from. For example, don't watch the news if it makes you feel worried.
Looking at the bigger picture and thinking about your problem or situation from someone else's view can make it easier to come up with a plan to combat your anxiety. What advice would you give to a friend or family member in the same situation?
4. Carry on doing things you enjoy
It's not easy but try and relax and do things you enjoy. Why not start a new book, get into a TV series or complete a daily crossword? Whatever works for you! But don't try and set yourself impossible tasks and put too much pressure on yourself.
Remember, this time will pass, and many people are in the same boat. Look after yourself and keep in mind that what you're doing is helping save lives – so cut yourself some slack.
For further support and advice, speak to a health professional or go to www.nhs.uk/coronovirus where there is a raft of support advice.
Posted: Thu, 06 Jan 2022 11:58 by Sarah Gresty