Isolation Station

Things To Do Whilst Isolating

Cooking, Exercise, Hobbies And Much More

Things To Do – Improving Wellbeing

Wellbeing is simply about ‘how we are doing‘

Personal wellbeing is really important, especially when self-isolating.

How is it defined?

  • How satisfied we are with our lives
  • Our sense that what we do is worthwhile
  • Our day-to-day emotional experiences, those of happiness as well as anxiety
  • Our wider mental wellbeing

You may feel worried or anxious about your finances or job, your health or those close to you. Perhaps you feel bored, frustrated or lonely. It’s important to remember that it’s OK to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently.

Remember, for most of us, these feelings will pass. Staying at home may be difficult, but you’re helping to protect yourself and others by doing it.

During self-isolation, these feelings can become tricky and you may need support from someone. You can find that support on our pages.

We also provide mindfulness videos that you can work through to help keep your mind and body active, which helps with your wellbeing.

The NHS provide a series of mental wellbeing audio guides to help boost your mood. You can listen to them privately, in your own time, to help you through feelings such as anxiety or a low mood.

If you’re not sure how you’re feeling, they also have a mood assessment to try first.

Mental wellbeing audio guides – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

The NHS also states that there are 5 steps to mental wellbeing.

They suggest that you can take these steps to help improve your mental health and wellbeing. They suggest that trying these things could help you feel more positive and therefore able to get the most out of life.

5 steps to mental wellbeing – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

We also have videos following these 5 steps on in our Mindfulness section.

The following link will take you to ‘Mind’ – a charity that has further support and information to help with mental wellbeing. It will signpost you to get help with anxiety, along with treatment and support.

Coronavirus – looking after your mental wellbeing – Mind

Physical Fitness

The imposed self-isolation, hampers many aspects of people's lives including routine fitness activities and basic physical activity. It has been shown that physical activity improves immunity, decreases inflammation and decreases viral respiratory infections that are apparent in COVID-19 sufferers. Any amount of physical activity, however small, is good for your body and mental health.

There are many activities that you can do at home, such as walking up and down stairs, dancing, gardening or taking part in a virtual fitness class. We have provided some gentle activities via our sign up page, which be emailed to you after you have registered. It is really important to try to be active throughout the day. This can be done by simply walking around your house or garden, ensuring you take time to move legs and arms.

We have provided many ideas and links to things you can do at home and provide more through our sign up. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as it's something you enjoy and it keeps you moving.

The NHS also provides important information related to your health conditions and age that you must always take into account when doing any activities whilst self-isolating.

Healthy Eating

Here you will find recipes and guides to healthy eating in the form of videos and our how-to recipes, along with cooking methods.

If you have enjoyed using the videos and would like to share any of your creations please email: isolationstationproject@gmail.com

Importance and benefits to healthy eating when diagnosed with Covid-19 or self-isolating

Ensuring we are eating well and staying as active as we possibly can during the coronavirus outbreak has been vital but continuing to do this when we are self-isolating with Covid-19 is really important. Nutrition plays a large part in supporting your immune system. Although there is no strong evidence that healthy eating lowers Covid symptoms directly, what we do know is that there is a strong relationship between a well-balanced immune system and a healthy diet. A stronger immune system helps to fight off disease.

Ensuring you get the essential nutrients and energy through the day is important. This is achieved by eating a healthy balanced diet.

Stay hydrated

Staying hydrated is really important. You need to aim for 6-8 glasses (1.5L - 2L) a day to keep your body healthy.

Remember tap water is FREE!

Your body loses water in certain situations – such as sweating, fever or through diarrhoea and vomiting – this needs replacing with water.

How do I know if I am dehydrated?

Learn how to spot the signs of dehydration and understand how your body may show it. You need to look out for:


  • Dark yellow and strong-smelling urine
  • If you urinate little and fewer than 4 times a day
  • Dry mouth and/or skin
  • Thirst
  • Headache

All the recipes that we are sharing with you from Lucy are both vegetarian and vegan suitable. They can very easily be adapted if you would like to add other ingredients and let your cooking style shine through.

Fried rice without eggs! Do you like fried rice but are unsure of the best way to make it or cooking for a different recipe? Follow Lucy for a great fried rice recipe.


Follow Lucy and her children who are making lots of dishes with ingredients that you Probably have in your cupboard.



Follow Lucy making Cola Apples. Please don’t be fooled by the name! There is no cola, just apples and some cinnamon.

Do you like Hummus? Did you know you can make sweet hummus? Follow Lucy making Chocolate hummus.



Stuck for something quick for lunch? Follow Lucy for more than one way to make a tomato sauce for pasta or as a salsa dip.


Mental Health & Wellbeing

Mental Health

Your mental health is very important and keeping busy both physically and mentally is the key. Listening to your body is important. Don’t try to do too much! Look at our things to do page and also seek help or support if needed – you will find all the contact information in our mental health section.

Wellbeing

Wellbeing is how you are feeling. You are probably finding that there are times during this self-isolation period, when you feel anxious, stressed, sad, angry or even numb. As well as times when you’re feeling strong, resilient and hopeful. All of these reactions are perfectly normal in a very abnormal situation. Don’t beat yourself up! For most people, symptoms pass in the weeks following a return to normal activities. When you are self-isolating these reactions may feel more intense. You must remember and also tell yourself that everyone is different and unique! You may have some good days and some bad days - that’s normal. Looking after yourself is important and there is a lot you can do to maintain and improve your wellbeing even if or when you start to feel a bit low. We have put together a comprehensive list of links and ideas to help you through this period and some things that you may find you want to continue even after self-isolation. Be kind to yourself!


Our fully trained wellbeing expert is ready to share The 5 Ways To Wellbeing for adults


Another Mindfulness video from Gemma, helping you to focus on your breath allowing you to pay particular attention to your thoughts and emotions, along with your body and what is around you. Take these 12 minutes to relax for you – you deserve to be kind to yourself.


Activities
Fun Activities For You And Your child.

Activites for all the familiy.

Free Online Games

Keeping your mind active and having fun.

Gentle Exercise

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body.

Create A Photo Album

Sort out and order photographs. Make an online or real album of holidays or memories.

Start A Journal

Keep a short journal, noting at least one good thing that has happened each day.

Write A Letter

Write a letter to an old friend.

Take Up Poetry

Write a poem about how you are feeling.

Learn About Birds

Start a list of birds you can see out of your window –you can identify them using a book or online guide such as that on the RSPB website

Donate To Charity

Why not have a good clear out and sort out clothes and bric-a-brac. You could bag these up ready to take to a charity shop, when you are safe to finish your self-isolation period.

Improve Your Mindfulness

Tune in to a guided meditation for a short period of mindfulness: we have some videos available on our website

Write Your Memoirs

Start to write your memoirs – think back over the most memorable events in your life and write about them.

Create A Collage

Find old magazines, choose some pictures to cut out and stick as many as will fit onto a sheet of paper. Ideally, they should be of a theme.

Baking

If you have some seeds lying about, that you’ve been meaning to plant, why not plant in pots or window boxes and watch some colour emerge when your self-isolation period ends.

Dance

Put on your favourite type of music - swing, pop, disco, heavy metal, grunge (what is that?), waltzes, Scottish dancing - and let yourself go.

Jigsaws

Do you have any hidden away in a cupboard that you can find and dust off?

Start A Gratitude Diary

Start creating a diary where you record at least two or three things that you are grateful for helps to combat that stress.

Painting

Do you have any paints around that you haven’t had chance to use? This could be watercolours or landscapes or the garden fence! Try out different styles

Declutter Your Paperwork

Use some time to go through old filing and shred or tear up paperwork that you no longer need to keep.

Have A Daytime Nap

Don't feel guilty for it, also watch a bit of daytime TV and possibly doze whilst doing so!

Entertainment
Find A Podcast

Listen to a new podcast on the radio that you have never heard before.

Watch Sports

If you are into sport and are missing the live action, have a look on YouTube where you can see all sorts of highlights of different events.

Learn A New Skill

You can teach yourself a simple hand massage technique that you can do with the person you care for.

Watch Free Movies

Great free & legal resource for movies

Audio Books

Relax and listen to an audio book

Help In Your Local Area

The local support provides specific advice to residents within each borough of Lancashire. By clicking on your borough, you will be able to find your local emergency Doctor, emergency pharmacy, local services, such as dog walkers along with much more. There are also national links to up-to-date information.

Covid And Self-Isolation

You may have lots of questions surrounding self-isolation and be confused over what you need to do, and who you need to contact. Guidelines and rules are changing daily. Isolation Station will provide you with all the up-to-date links and information to answer your questions. This section has specific links to pages on the Government and NHS websites, to save you searching through pages and pages to find what you need to know.

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