The government has announced strict restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the UK.
People are being asked to stay at home and to only leave their home to shop for basic necessities such as groceries or medication as infrequently as possible. For medical purposes, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person, also to travel to and from work but only if it is absolutely necessary. The guideline has led to many businesses temporarily closing their doors to keep staff and customers safe and gatherings of more than two people who are not living in the same household to be banned. These restrictions will last for at least 3 weeks.
This can be a daunting and anxious time for many, especially for anyone who isn’t used to being at home for long periods of time or live alone. There may be panic as to how we can all cope under these restrictions but keeping healthy and setting a plan will help everyone over these next few weeks.
Below is some advice on coping with the isolation:
- Set a routine – if you are now working from home, it may become hard to keep up with your tasks with so many distractions around you. You may have children who are off school or a partner/housemate who is also working from home. Set yourself a routine for each day: set a time when you will start work, when you will have breaks and lunch, and when you will finish. A routine can be made for when you aren’t working too, by dividing up the day for different tasks such as exercise, reading, cooking, playing games with children, etc.
- Keep hydrated and healthy – don’t forget to regularly drink water and eat fruit and vegetables. The amount of water you should drink per day will depend on your age, health and size, but the NHS Eatwell Guide advises 6-8 glasses of water a day.
- Get outside – the government has requested people can leave their home once per day to exercise, shop for necessities, for medical reasons or to go to work (but only if it is necessary). Make sure you give yourself and your household time to get fresh air and exercise; if you don’t need to go to the shop, use this time to go for a walk around a local park which has remained open or around your neighbourhood. Ensure you don’t meet up with people who live in a different household. Set yourself a time; perhaps before the start of your ‘work from home’ or at the end to break up your day.
- Distant socialising – one of the biggest concerns people have about isolation is not being able to see loved ones. It is very understandable why this precaution has been put in place, as the virus can easily be spread by getting too close to someone who may be unknowingly infected or is a carrier. This doesn’t mean socialising has to come to a stop; there are many options to keeping in contact. Not only can we still talk on the phone with loved ones, but we can also video-call family and friends; apps such as Facebook Messenger, Facetime, Whatsapp, Skype and Houseparty allow you to video-call, with some apps giving you the option to have more than two people calling at one time.
- Exercise – don’t forget to regularly keep active. You may have been an avid visitor to the gym or used your job to keep active but wondering how you can keep yourself active at home. The Body Coach, Joe Wicks, has uploaded a variety of workout videos for every ability and is currently uploading daily live PE lessons for children (and those who are young at heart).
- Utilise the time – as daunting as the next few weeks of isolation will be, it’s important to also look towards the positives. While you and your loved ones are at home, protecting yourselves and protecting others, this is a great time to learn a new skill or complete that task you have been putting off. Is there a guitar gathering dust in the attic that you never got round to learning how to play? Have you been putting off organising the cupboard under the stairs? Perhaps there’s a book sitting on the bookshelf that you haven’t finished reading yet? Now is a perfect time!
The coronavirus pandemic is an uncertain time across the world but protecting yourself by staying at home to slow down the virus will protect others and support the NHS. It’s extremely important to continue to take precautions such as regularly cleaning your hands and keeping 2 metres away from others. Further information about these precautions can be found here.
At Heritage Healthcare, our care team are working hard to ensure vulnerable people are safe within their own homes. We have taken important measures to make sure our keyworkers are also safe in delivering the care, with streamlined communication between the care team and our management team.
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