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Ten Unique Self-Isolation Tips

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by Kate Blake (subscribe)
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Published March 29th 2020
Useful tips for our new normal
Self-isolation is a topic I know a bit about having spent some years in solitary retreat with no visual, verbal or written contact. So I'm thinking now might be a good time to share some pointers.

1. Although most of us are now in lockdown, it's most important to keep in contact with others by phone or internet.

2. Get sufficient supplies and check if you can get groceries delivered or decide whether to venture out briefly for fresh supplies.

a serene sunset

3. Be smart about your supplies as they won't include enough fresh milk and fruit and veg. Most do store well in plastic containers or bags. Buy tinned or bottled stuff and be sure to include a few treats. Lockdown is not punishment, so be sure to add a few treats like chocolate, chips, sweets, drinks and pancakes - not loads but it's okay to spoil yourself!

4. Daily exercise is essential. It could be a solitary walk, yoga, cycling, dance moves, swimming or get creative!

5. Have a routine and a timetable, especially if you have to work from home and are not very disciplined!

a stirring sunrise

6. Limit your device time. Allocate slots to just think and contemplate - eg. draw, write, read, sing, clean or sort. This is a great opportunity to do all those chores you've delayed for far too long. And if you share your space, play games such as boards, cards, I spy, riddles, word games - there is a huge range and there are other articles here with more suggestions if you get stuck. You know, you can lose whole days on Facebook, movies and other brain-numbing things - which are okay for a day or two. Spending quality time with yourself and each other is a priceless opportunity, so please make the most of it!

7. Set your motivation each morning by planning out what do you hope to achieve today.

8. And before sleep, each night reflect on your day. Did you achieve those goals? What could you do better or differently? And note what you did achieve and what you are grateful for.

9. And most of all, relax and enjoy this very precious opportunity to become more creative while getting to know yourself and those you share with better.

10. If anxiety or mental health issues inhibit, then use your usual tools to relax such as music, chatting to friends, arts and crafts.

a vast view

For those who are spiritually inclined, now is an amazing opportunity to do more prayers and practices, meditate, sing or hand copy a favourite text. Do more intense reading on the topics you know least about. Best of all browse through other WeekendNotes articles and dream about what you might do when we get through this!

I can promise you that this is the most amazing opportunity that you are forced to take, so please take advantage of it.
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Your Comment
Kate..with due respect..if u r self isolating...U can not "venture out briefly for fresh supplies".
Please ...self isolation means exactly that....NO GOING OUT..!
by sue_q (score: 0|8) 781 days ago
Thanks for your tips Kate.
by May Cross (score: 3|8197) 783 days ago
Please do not do what some people have been doing - a bus load going to country towns and buying so much locals are missing out. A bus load went to Ardrossan, went into a Butcher Shop and bought all the meat they had.
Some country towns are having difficulty getting enough essential things including food so please think of the locals. Outback towns are also struggling. They are independently owned stores in those areas, not multi national ones. They are ordering basic necessities and a lot of goods are out of stock from the business they order them from. They have items on back order from manufacturers who are working much longer hours than normal.
by r.eng (score: 2|761) 782 days ago
Thanks I enjoyed that article. Useful!
by theme (score: 1|31) 783 days ago
Lovely reminder...thank you, Kate
by Terri (score: 0|9) 778 days ago
Nice to have you back writing again, Kate!
by Elaine (score: 3|8838) 777 days ago
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