Whether you want to move to a different household, or you have received a positive test, there are many reasons why you may need to self-isolate. Many people have endured the lonely and long 14 days and it isn’t always easy, but here are a few of my top tips for having a successful self-isolation.
Prepare in advance
Of course, if you get a positive test and that’s why you’re isolating, this step will be almost impossible. However, if you’re isolating in order to travel to a different home, preparation will make this time a lot easier. For me, I make sure I get plenty of tins of soups and freezer food in. This may not sound appetising, but having backup options of food that won’t go out of date anytime soon will provide you with a choice! I’d also say, be sure to stock up on plenty of toilet paper. Now that is important. I’m not talking lockdown one where everyone panic-bought rolls and rolls of it, but have just enough for the two weeks.
Inform your friends
Make sure you communicate the fact you’re self-isolating with your friends. Knowing that you’re isolating and your reasons behind it is so important as they will be aware of your situation. Some friends may be able to offer to pick you up some groceries when they’re doing their shopping, and others will reach out to you in that two week period, as sometimes it can feel lonely. Knowing you have a good support system around you will make isolating a much easier process.
Make a to-do list
I really found this one to be useful. Whether it is a long-term to-do list with things you want to achieve in the entire two weeks such as a project, or small to-do lists for every day. Keeping yourself on track will make you feel positive, and change your outlook. Self-isolating does allow for more productive hours in your day, as you won’t be leaving your home, but find a balance!
Get dressed every day
Now, this may sound obvious, but keeping a routine is so important! I make sure when I isolate to get changed out of loungewear/ PJ’s and get into some day-clothes! This will just give you a small sense of normality and like you are ready to start your day. I make sure to make my bed every day without fail, but small gestures such as these are so much more rewarding when you’re isolating. I would quickly realise the effects of not making my bed etc in self-isolation if I didn’t do it- it would affect my productivity and attitude to the day.
Take time to do the things you didn’t have time for
I think for many, the multiple lockdowns have provided a time to do things you wouldn’t usually have time for, for example, baking or reading. During your self-isolating period, you don’t need to be work work work 24/7. No one else is! So take some time out of your day when you may usually be going for a walk or getting groceries, to do something for yourself! This could be anything from drawing to binge-watching that Netflix series you’ve been desperate to watch!
As I have said before, self-isolating can feel lonely, and it is definitely heightened when you are limited to a certain amount of space such as your bedroom or apartment if you live alone. It is so important to stay connected during this time, so get Facetiming! There as so many options for virtual games (e.g. on Zoom) or to watch films together with friends virtually (e.g. Teleparty)!