Keeping your spirits up at home
We are used to dealing with elderly, housebound clients at Home Instead, however there will be many people for whom the current government advice regarding Coronavirus may come as a bit of a shock to the system.
Social interaction is, and always will be essential for all age groups, but particularly in the older generation who are more at risk of loneliness and isolation.
If you are amongst the people who have been advised to stay at home, we’ve put together a list of activities that you can do to help you stay mentally and physically active and to help keep those spirits up.
Try to keep up with a healthy diet
Sitting on the sofa eating snacks may sound like an appealing night in to some, but doing this on a daily basis to try and keep yourself entertained isn’t healthy.
Try to keep up with a healthy diet as much as possible. If you are unable to go shopping yourself, then you could sign up for online deliveries, or ask a friend or a neighbour to help you get the groceries that you need. Local organisations and charities are also rallying round to try and help anyone vulnerable who cannot get out.
Get some fresh air
When we’re stuck at home, it’s so important to get as much exposure to the outside world as possible, without risking your own health or others.
If you have a garden, or any outdoor space, make the most of it during this time. Engaging with nature, such as tending to plants or feeding the birds can be great for your mental wellbeing.
At the very least, try to open windows around your home so that you can let fresh air circulate through your home.
Maintain a sense of routine (but vary your activities)
Try to keep as much of your usual routine as you can. If you’re usually an early riser, a few lie-ins won’t do you any harm but it might not do your mental health any good in the long term.
Get up, get dressed and go about your day as you would normally. If you usually go out at a certain time, try to fill that time with other things such as hobbies or gentle exercise or find something new and fun to do at home. The mundanity of staying at home can be very boring, so try to make some time to indulge in something that will put some fun into your day.
Suggestions include: Listening to audio books or podcasts, watching box sets, drawing or painting, knitting, baking, reading a book (or even attempting to write one), calling friends, DIY, gardening, learning a new skill – You Tube tutorials can be great for this.
Stay connected with others
For those already receiving care visits at home, whether from a carer or a family member, these will still be allowed to continue, allowing you to have much-needed social interaction.
For others who are having to self-isolate, it can be a very lonely time, so it’s important to try and retain social connections as much as possible, however it’s about finding safe, alternative ways to do so.
Talking to family members on the phone will become more important than ever. Video calling is a great way to keep in touch, whilst also being able to see the other person. A friend or neighbour may be able to set this up for you, taking all necessary infection control precautions of course.
Limit your news intake
We live in a world where access to news is 24/7. In many instances, this is positive, bringing the world around us much closer than it ever was before. But in terms of the Coronavirus pandemic, constant coverage can have a negative impact on your mental health. But you can opt out of this.
It’s important to know what’s going on so we know what measures we need to take but it’s also essential that we take this information from the right sources.
Social media helps us to stay connected but constant reports from unconfirmed sources can leave us feeling anxious and distressed. Try to limit the times of day that you access this information and only from credible courses, such as the BBC or government websites.
The next few weeks will bring uncertain times, but we don’t necessarily have to view them as bad. They will certainly be different, but where possible we need to try and look for the silver linings, such as still being able to be in touch with people, even if it is in a different way than usual.
Home Instead Wrexham & Flintshire continues to supply essential home care services to the elderly and vulnerable. If you require home care for loved one during this time, please do not hesitate to call us and enquire about our current availability.