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Looking After Your Physical Health During Isolation

It’s important to stay in good health and look after your immune system so that if you do get sick, you’re giving your body the best chance to fight off any infection. Keeping in good physical health is also important to your mental health as they can closely affect each other. Look after these five areas of your physical health and you’ll be off to a good start.


Maintaining a healthy water intake is essential for our bodies to function properly. Aim for round 8 glasses a day as a guideline, however as you get older your body may store less water, so adjust this to your own body’s needs. You don’t have to just stick to water, you can substitute fruit juice, tea, milk and even eating more fruits and vegetables that are high in water content, such as cucumber and tomato.


Regardless of age, most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Unfortunately, as we get older our sleeping patterns can change and increased health issues can interfere with getting a good night’s sleep. If you have trouble falling asleep or sleeping through the night, why not try a podcast or app to help you drift off? Popular apps like Calm and Headspace offer guided meditations and stories, and there are plenty of apps that offer white noise, rain sounds and other relaxing soundtracks to help you drift off. Just search ‘rain sounds’ or ‘white noise’ on your app store. You can also search on Amazon for CD versions if you prefer. If your health concerns are seriously impacting your sleep, you should always seek medical advice.


Self-isolation can make it hard to eat the way you normally would. If you can, ask a family member, carer or friend to buy your groceries for you or use a home delivery service from the likes of Tesco, Sainsbury’s or Asda. Many local shops are offering home delivery during this time as well, it could be worth ringing up to ask. If you can, try and eat plenty of colourful fruit and vegetables, and lots of leafy greens. Consider taking vitamin supplements if you don’t already. Vitamins C and D help to support a healthy immune system and are available in easy to use oral sprays. However, vitamins should only be a supplement to a good diet and not a replacement. It is always best to get the nutrients you need from fresh food.


Exercise doesn’t have to mean running 5k every morning or lifting weights. Gentle exercise is just as beneficial in many ways. Daily stretching, walking and even housework can all get your blood pumping and help you to stay healthy. There are endless videos on YouTube that you can follow along from the comfort of your living room, try searching for ‘chair exercises’ or ‘gentle yoga’ for a start. Listen to your body and don’t push yourself beyond what you’re comfortable with, the goal is to stay healthy and not to create new injuries. If you’re capable, try and get out for a small walk each day, even if it’s just round the garden, as it will also do wonders for your mental health.


It’s crucially important during this time to wash your hands regularly and thoroughly. Make sure to do so after you’ve handled any letters or parcels that come through the post and after putting away groceries that have been delivered to you. If you order any takeaway food, try to transfer it to a clean plate immediately, dispose of the packaging and wash your hands before eating. Increased cleanliness should also extend to your home, including regularly disinfecting door handles, light switches and sink taps, and washing your hands after touching your wheelie bins and recycling boxes or anything else that people outside your household have been in contact with.


Looking after your mental health during isolation

While we all stay at home to look after the health of ourselves and the nation, it’s important to actively look after your mental health as well. Today we’re sharing our five top tips for staying in good spirits.

1.       Stay Connected

While you may not be able to physically be with your family and friends, technology today has made it easier than ever to stay connected virtually. Video calling is our favourite way to connect with loved ones, it makes a real difference being able to see each other rather than just talking on the phone. Why not arrange for the family to all have dinner together at the same time on a video call? Or plan a games night to do together, such as a trivia quiz. For video calling software, FaceTime is one of the most popular. It’s an app that’s available for Apple iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch. Skype has been around for years and is ideal for anyone using a PC or laptop for their video calls. While most laptops have inbuilt webcams, you might have to buy one separately if you’re using a PC. Zoom is a conference calling software that’s easy to use and great for bigger groups.


2.       Stay Positive

It’s important to keep up with the news, but it can be easy to be overwhelmed by the negativity. Try to only check essential news briefly, once or twice a day. Instead, be sure to seek out sources of good news, which are still plentiful. The Good News Network is a website that is updated daily with uplifting news stories. The BBC also has an uplifting stories section on their website. John Krasinski, an actor known for his role in American sitcom The Office, has started a YouTube channel dedicated to bringing good news stories from around the world.


3.       Stay Informed

It’s hard to know who to trust when seemingly everybody is giving out information. The World Health Organisation is monitoring and responding to the outbreak worldwide, providing reliable information and advice. The UK government is also publishing official advice online.
 As of posting, the best thing to do is stay indoors as much as possible (leaving only for groceries, exercise or medical appointments) and wash your hands regularly and thoroughly. If you’re over 70 or have an underlying health condition, you should ask family, friends or caregivers to collect groceries and medicine for you so that you may remain indoors. If there is nobody to do this for you, many local restaurants, cafes, grocers, butchers etc are now offering contactless delivery services to help those who are isolating.


4.       Keep Creative

Take this time to get your creative juices flowing. It’s the perfect time of year to get out into the garden and give it a little TLC. If you’re a knitter, why not make some gifts for when you see the grandkids again? And if you’re not a knitter, why not learn? Many shops are still operating online, as well as Amazon, allowing you to order supplies that are safely delivered to your door with  no direct contact. Maybe you enjoyed drawing as a child but haven’t picked up a pencil in years. Similarly, you can try your hand at painting or scrapbooking. If you want to keep your mind ticking over, crosswords and jigsaw puzzles are a fun way to challenge yourself. If you’re handy in the kitchen, why not try experimenting with some recipes? There are millions of free recipes available on the internet, including the BBC Good Food website. Why not combine your love of cooking with a little creativity and create your own recipe book to hand down through the family?  There are plenty of other creative outlets to be found, take some inspiration from sites like Pinterest, Skillshare and Youtube.


5.       Comic Relief

They say a laugh a day keeps the doctor away, so make sure to get some daily comic relief. Podcasts are a great way to get some entertainment while you’re doing something else, like cooking or housework. The BBC has lots of good podcasts, including Comedy of the Week and Friday Night Comedy from BBC 4, as well as classics like Desert Island Discs. They also have plenty of funny TV shows on iPlayer, including full series of Gavin & Stacey, Outnumbered, and French & Saunders.

If you don’t have a Netflix subscription, it could be a great investment for the next few months. (Or just ask the grandkids – they might be able to add you to theirs.) Alongside classic comedies like the Monty Python films, you’ll find plenty of fascinating documentaries, including nature classics Planet Earth, Life, and Blue Planet. If true crime documentaries are more up your street, try The Staircase, Making a Murderer, The Confession Killer, or Evil Genius. Or if you’d rather get wrapped up in a drama, you’ll find shows like Broadchurch, The Crown, and The West Wing.


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