Coping with Self-Isolation

 

Let’s try to see the positive side of the situation…it is a chance to catch up on your domestic chores, reading and hobbies. It can be a productive time – after all, when bubonic plague closed Cambridge University in 1665, Isaac Newton was forced to self-isolate at home and sitting in the garden one day he saw an apple fall from a tree and discovered universal gravitation.

Ask for help

See our list of volunteer support groups across the local area

99% of people are genuinely wanting to help their neighbours but unfortunately there will be a handful of scammers out there so please don’t give sensitive or financial information out or let complete strangers into your home.

Please also be aware of coronavirus-related scams circulating at the moment.

Exercise

It is important to keep as active as possible, for your physical and mental health. Walk up and down the stairs, squat against the wall, do push-ups in the living room etc Even when you are sitting down you can raise your legs or clench your thighs.

For inspiration, Ricardo and Shiv are posting video exercises on their Seeds2Glory facebook page.
And Joe Wicks The Body Coach is doing daily keepfit for school children at 9am every morning. And boogie with Disco Dan in Hungerford on facebook at 8pm every evening.

Keep Busy

If you can keep busy that will help pass the time. Here are some ideas:

Let us know (in the comments below) if you start a new hobby or revive an old one.

Working from Home

Thanks for the CCB team for these tips for people not used to working from home:

1. Set up a designated working spot at home to help keep your mind work-focused and keep your work separate from other aspects of your home-life.

2. Set up a routine with strict start and times time so you don’t work too few or many hours during the day.

3. If you feel lonely schedule some video calls with colleagues and contacts throughout the day, Some home-workers even work in chat-rooms with colleagues on in the background for that truly “social” office feel.

Food and Nutrition

You can pro-actively chose a healthy immune-boosting diet and make use of your time to try new ingredients and recipes. Listen to some great ideas here from nutritionist Sam Silvester on what to buy and cook at this time. If you are struggling financially at this time, contact West Berkshire Food Bank on 01635 760560

Staying Calm

Be aware of how the news makes you feel. The World Health Organization advises us to “Get the facts” but “minimise news that causes you to feel anxious or distressed,” and “find opportunities to amplify positive and hopeful stories.” Positive News Magazine is offering a half price gift subscription if you use the code: GIVEPOSITIVENEWS

Dr Justin Amery, a GP in Oxford has done a series of videos to help you prepare for the worst while hoping for the best. Justin says that we are suffering from an epidemic of fear that is, in some ways, more damaging than the coronavirus epidemic itself. His purpose is to reduce fear and bring comfort by explaining how we can take more control back into our lives.

Pranic Healer Heide Cussell recommends this breathing exercise to strengthen your respiratory system

Connect Positively with Others

Look after your mental health at this stressful time.

You can sign up for the Age UK Telephone Befriending service. Or maybe write a letter to a resident of a retirement home which isn’t allowing any visitors at the moment. Residents at Redwood House in Hungerford would be grateful – their address is Redwood House, Coldharbour Road, Hungerford Rg17 0HR

Technology can help you communicate with loved ones remotely. It’s not difficult but it can be scary setting it up if you’ve not it before so here is our guide to technology can be your new best friend during Coronavirus.

If you find yourself cooped up with family members this can be stressful if you are used to the kids being at school and the partner being at work! My two techniques over the years for not killing my sons were 1. pretend they are someone else’s (you soon modify your language) 2. talk to yourself about how much they are driving you mad (this stops you saying stuff outloud you regret and works with husbands too).

Don’t worry about how much screen time your kids have during lockdown. Here are some fun and constructive websites you can encourage them to visit.

Connect with Nature

Connecting with nature invariably makes people feel more grounded and relaxed. Find a comfortable place to sit near a window and make weekly counts of birds and wildlife in your garden for the British Trust for Ornithology.

Help with Finances

If you need support with your energy bills, or advice on which benefits you need to claim, contact the National Energy Action’s Warm and Safe Homes Advice Service by calling 0800 304 7159 for free Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm, filling out their referral form (nea.org.uk/advice/wash-advice) or messaging them through Facebook chat via their dedicated Facebook page.

Worried about the impact of the crisis on your investments or pensions? Jess Walker from Brown Dog Financial Planning will answer questions on enquiries@browndogfp.co.uk 

 

Keep Smiling

Laughing is proven to be good for the health, relieving stress and boosting the immune system. So as hard as it might feel right now, try to find something to smile or laugh about or watch your favourite comedy show. And here are some substitutes for loo roll should you run out…

We recommend the UK news satire website newsthump.com and are collecting bad jokes here:

I never thought my hands would consume more alcohol than my mouth.

My chiropodist has cancelled all appointments. She said she was advised to observe the distancing rule by keeping two feet away.

I’m giving up drinking for a month. Sorry, bad punctuation. I’m giving up. Drinking for a month.

My body has absorbed so much soap and disinfectant that when I pee it cleans the toilet…

It’s only ‘quarantine’ if it comes from the quarantine region of France. Otherwise it’s just sparkling isolation’.

Midges coming out for spring: We’re starving! Where the f*** is everyone..?!!!

One family’s lockdown rendition of Les Mis 

Penny has been amusing herself by making these videos from the ‘Ministry of Paws & Claws’:

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