How can I keep my mind and body active during isolation?

Feeling anxious at this moment in time is completely understandable. It’s an odd time for all of us, after all! We’ve been following Young Mind’s guide to dealing with anxiety, and wanted to share some of their top tips with you.

Anxiety And Lockdown Pic

May 01, 2020

Arm yourself with the facts

You may see stories on the news or on social media that worry you, but much of it could be false information. False reports can fuel anxiety, so make sure you get your information from trusted sources such as the Government, the NHS or Public Health England. Remember, don’t believe everything you read!

 

Talk to someone about how you’re feeling

A problem shared is a problem halved. Even though it may be difficult, it's important to share your feelings with a trusted family member, friend or teacher. If you would feel more comfortable talking to a trusted helpline, click here to get in touch with Young Minds.

 

Find things that help you feel calm

Whether it's reading a book, going for a walk, listening to your favourite podcast or practicing your breathing techniques, it's important you find ways to remain calm and look after your mental health. Often things that distract you will help ease any feelings of anxiety.

 

Plan your time wisely

Instead of seeing this time as a scary, uncertain situation, think of it as a chance to live differently for a while. Think about what you might want to do with your day, how you can stay connected with friends and family, and how to prioritise your well-being. Planning your new found time and sticking to a consistent routine will help maintain the sense of structure that you may be missing. Try setting aside an hour every day for exercise, to read a book, to catch up with friends or go for your daily walk.

It's also important to keep your mind and body active during isolation! If you’re wondering how to spend your time, we’ve picked some fun activities you can get stuck in to.

 

Learn a language or two with Duolingo

With Duolingo, you can choose from over 30 languages to learn with the click of a button! Bilingualism improves memory, sharpens the mind and provides ample employment opportunities! You can find out more here.

 

Get active with the NHS’ Couch 2 5K

Step aside, Joe Wicks! The NHS wants to get you moving with Couch to 5K, a weekly running guide for beginners wanting to up their fitness. We couldn't think of a better way to spend our daily allocated outdoor exercise! You can find out more here.

 

Host a Netflix party for you and your friends

With Netflix Party, you can host a virtual film viewing for you and your friends. And there's no one around to hog the popcorn! We've just heard they've added all 3 Lord of the Rings... we'll see you in a week! You can find out more here.

 

Breathe with Headspace

With thousands of sessions on well-being, fitness and meditation, Headspace aims to decrease anxiety and increase mindfulness. And students can sign up for a reduced fee! You can find out more here.

 

Take a course with the Open University

With Open Learn, you can choose from hundreds of free courses, varying from 2-30 hours. From Classics to Forensic Engineering, there's something for everyone! You can find out more here.