There’s no denying that the past few months of isolation and social distancing have been exceptionally difficult. However, despite lockdown easing in Jersey, some may still find themselves needing to self-isolate if they or anyone in their homes is vulnerable or present symptoms of coronavirus.
For those, it may be time to try tapping into the power and opportunity that self-isolation presents. Although it can be trying, using this excess time at home can enable a chance for growth and self-reflection.
One area of growth that is both easy to start and fun is developing a hobby. In our usual world of go-go-go, it can feel impossible to slow down enough to introduce a hobby to your day-to-day life. With the time that you have at home now, why not try starting a new hobby?
Perhaps you’ve always wished you could draw and are interested in learning? Or maybe you want to pick up an instrument? Both of these skills have a variety of free tutorials available on YouTube and there are many more tailored courses on sites like Udemy and Skillshare.
Another option for a hobby is writing. With possibly the lowest bar to entry at the beginning, writing is both a useful skill for business and helpful for personal fulfilment. If you have an idea and somewhere to jot it down, you can start writing! One idea might be to write a journal of life as it is right now – it’s definitely a story for the grandchildren!
With all of these skills, the important thing is to dedicate time to them. While you have a surplus of that precious resource available, this is a good time to start doing an activity that is just for you.
Change your space
Many of us have projects around the house that we have been saying we will get round to ‘when we have the time.’ That time has come. If you feel that you have the mental space for it at the moment, lockdown is a great chance to tackle this work.
Good places to start with this are DIY projects, like the ones mentioned in our ‘How to stay active at home’ blog. They can include anything from tidying up your garden to redoing your kitchen! You can also get a sense of accomplishment by having a good clear out of old clothes and items around the house that you no longer need.
If you decide to clear your wardrobe or home, consider finding a hidden place to store these items so that you can donate them to charity once that becomes an option again.
Take care of your mental health
Taking care of your mental health is one of the most essential things you can do with the newfound time available. During this unprecedented situation, there are stressors that we face now which we have not before. This means that we must find new ways of coping and building resilience.
Some practices that you may find helpful are mindfulness and meditation. Both of these mental exercises have been proven to reduce stress and promote overall health. For an easy way to get started, try out the Headspace app or this guide from the NHS.
Another useful concept for mental welfare is to establish healthy routines and to practice good sleep hygiene. Sleep hygiene refers to a series of different activities you can introduce to your evening to encourage better sleep. A lack of high-quality sleep has been associated with many health issues as well as a lowering of the immune system.
To start getting better sleep to protect your mental and physical comfort, check out these tips from Harvard Medical School.
During these difficult times, it’s important to be kind to yourself and to take care of your personal well-being. If you have questions about your financial well-being, please do get in touch.