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29.03.2020 Opinion

Practical Tips For A Successful Self Isolation

By Bright Wumbei Nlansong
Practical Tips For A Successful Self Isolation
LISTEN MAR 29, 2020

Human beings are naturally social beings, which means that we are made by nature to interact with others on a daily basis for most of our needs. Self-isolation means that cutting oneself from social gatherings including; school, clubs, religious groupings, conferences, etc.

According to the World Health Organization, “self-isolation...is the most effective way of preventing the coronavirus from spreading.” In light of this, most governments of the hard-hit nations of the world have declared “locked down” of parts or the whole country as was declared by our president Friday night

Isolating oneself from these interactions and staying alone can be overwhelming and devastating unless you are an astronaut, it can have a tremendous impact on the psychological wellbeing of the individual if not handled the right way.

In this article, we share with you practical successful tips to make the most out of your self-isolation.

Plan Your Day

Keep a routine and plan how you’ll spend your time. It might help to write this down on paper and put it on the wall. Try to follow your ordinary routine as closely as possible – go to bed at your usual time and set that alarm so you don’t over sleep.. The difference from a normal daily plan is limiting your movement to only your home. Incorporate daily routine activities such as cleaning the house, exercising, watching a movie, reading a book, playing a video game etc into your plan. you shouldn’t stick to only one thing as this can lead to obsession.

Learn a new skill

Being self-isolated means that you have a lot of time all day for yourself. You can convert this time to something productive by learning a new skill. Thank God technology has made it possible to learn anything online. You can learn a new language, how to play an instrument or anything you have passion for. You can also make use of the opportunity to attend an online course in your field of study. A lot of packages have been made available for online tuition as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Engage in virtual Meetings

Self-isolation does mean you should only be alone throughout all the time. You can engage in virtual social gatherings with your friends and family. Make use of online platforms such a Facebook video call, WhatsApp video calls among others to interact with others.

Start Home Exercise

The need to keep your immune system strong and improving your general wellbeing cannot be left out during self-isolation. There are a lot of exercises you can engage in to keep your system active; you can do pushups, sit-ups, climbing stairs ( if you have one), yoga and many other exercises you can carry out whiles indoors

Public health officials also recommend staying at least 2m apart from others if you have to exercise outside your home and it should only be done once a day.

Keep up with Nature

Taking a walk around your house in the evenings or early mornings can be of great help to you. You can also open windows to allow some sun rays into your room so you can feel

Make Use of E-commerce for your provisions

It is best to rely on online shops for your provisions so as to limit the number of contacts you will have to make if you were to go to a supermarket. It is also recommended that you stay 2m apart from others if you have to visit the supermarkets, Pharmacy shops, and other gatherings. Get as more provisions as possible to limit the number of times you visit the markets.

IN CONCLUSION, self-isolation is not something anyone would willingly opt for but it has become imperative for us to do so for our own safety. Do well to comply and stay safe.

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