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Staying sane in self-isolation
Lydia Owen • 3 min read
- Keep the house as tidy as you can. This might be challenging with everyone under the same roof at the moment but it’s a means of feeling in control. That said…
- … lower your standards. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. We are in the midst of a crisis so you can afford to let it go if you don’t tick everything off your list.
- If you have a garden try to get outside — maybe have a coffee out there or do that weeding that you never normally have the time (or inclination) to do. If you don’t have outside space, open the windows and try to get out to do your once a day exercise (but remember to practice social distancing). Fresh air and Vitamin D are vital for staying healthy.
- Exercise is a good way of burning off some unspent energy, as well as keeping you fighting fit. There are lots of online home workouts available that can be done with no equipment and in limited space.
- Try to limit your exposure to the news and other information updates about coronavirus. It’s human nature to want to find out as much info as possible but this can lead to more anxiety and panic. If curiosity gets the better of you and you desperately need to know more, just make sure you don’t watch or read the news straight before bed; your brain will be trying to process the info long after lights out and this is a sure-fire route to a sleepless night.
- Get the sleep you need to function — this is vital for both physical and mental health.
- Eat as healthily as you can and stay hydrated — and it’s probably wise to try to limit the amount of alcohol you drink too…
- ·Keep your mind busy. If you have downtime, maybe you can use this enforced period at home to learn a new skill?
- Relax. Take some time to watch a film, read a book or host a virtual meet up with friends.
- Finally, try to use this break in normality and the slower pace of life as an opportunity to get back to basics and spend more time with your nearest and dearest. A leisurely meal together, a longer conversation, or a hug (even if only virtual) can make all the difference when you’ve had a rough day.