If there is one thing us chronically ill are all experts at it’s being stuck in self isolation when we are having a flare of our conditions. Therefore, I thought I’d share with you my top ten tips that help me get through times where I cannot live my normal life.
Get dressed; it may sound simple but answer this honestly. How many of you have not bothered getting changed whilst being in the lockdown? Even if you simply change from your bedtime PJ’s to some daytime one’s… Anything is better than nothing – I promise you, you’ll feel better for it!
Brighten up your day; open your curtains/blinds and the windows if the weather is nice enough! It is so tempting to sit in bed in the dark all day but by day 3 you’re going to be feeling worse for doing so. Let some light and fresh air in. Yes you are stuck in but it’s a new day!
Connect with others; text your friends, Facetime your family or you could even create a group chat for the whole family – for example we have a Whatsapp group with both of our parents to send them daily pictures of Arthur. It makes their day!
Netflix binge; if you’re having a bad day and do want to stay in bed or have a day on the sofa then Netflix is an essential. Watch a comedy, or something uplifting though because what we watch really can affect our mood… I mean come on, who is even watching “pandemic” at a time like this?!
Start a blog; when I became chronically ill I spent a lot of time by my self in isolation and one of the best things I did to help me mentally at times like this, was starting my page Chronically Successful. I not only have a safe place to share my thoughts and feelings but I have made so many amazing friends in the process. So why not give it a go? You can read my first blog here!
Plan for the future; try and keep a positive mindset. This won’t be forever. Why not create a mini bucket list of things you want to do once you can get out again? It could be as simple as going to the cinema or as extravagant as a holiday to Mexico. Give yourselves something to look forward to.
Spring clean; I find there’s nothing that makes me feel better than at the end of the day sitting in a tidy and clean home. Even on my bad days I will push myself to tidy the lounge and kitchen so that the next day we wake up on a positive note. So why not tackle a room a day? Re-organise that cupboard you’ve always wanted to sort.
Get some exercise; if there’s one thing that helps my anxiety, especially at a time like this, it’s a little bit of exercise. Give an online work out a go. Or even just have a walk around your garden. No matter how little it may seem, it can make a huge difference to your mind.
Relax and rest; take this rare time of being allowed to be stuck in the house to relax and rest. Hopefully for most of you, it will never happen again. Have a long hot soak in the bath. Have an early night. Have a lie in. Look after yourself for a change!
Appreciate what you’ve got; finally and most importantly, never forget how lucky you are. I have spent months stuck inside with my illnesses but the one thing that keeps me going is reminding myself how lucky I really am, and how it could be much worse. Try to appreciate the support you have, the roof over your head and the people you are spending this time with. Think about the NHS workers who can’t stay at home. The police officers who have to leave their family everyday. The shop assistants who are receiving abuse daily. Is it really that bad having to stay home? No. Appreciate what you have and where you are.
Thank you for reading, and please, stay home and stay safe.
If you’d like to see what we are getting up to during in self isolation follow our daily stories here on Instagram or Facebook!