A tactical approach to self-isolation; How to maintain a positive mindset in a time of self-isolation

A tactical approach to self-isolation: How to maintain a positive mindset in a time of self-isolation

Written by Ryan Mitchell, Teacher of PE


Exactly how important is it to follow a routine during self-isolation, and what advice can be given to those who are struggling? Does the implementation of remote learning and teaching, and the potential destruction of routine, provide the perfect conditions for disaster? After opening and closing the fridge a thousand times, pacing the room thinking of ways to keep busy, and finally admitting that toilet roll keepie uppies isn’t going to keep me entertained for too much longer, I decided to research some top tips on how to not just survive, but flourish in a time of self-isolation. 



For both students and staff alike, the usual school day consists of structured, time-bound lessons, break periods, and additional co-curricular activities. Break down your 9 to 5 into small, manageable segments, making sure to  find time to do things you enjoy. Make a routine: test, fail, test it again, make changes and so on. Make sure you include everything, even the things you may not want to do.  



As easy as it is to slip into  the ‘feeling a little lost’ mindset and resort to making quick, easy meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, bear in mind that even during self-isolation, nutritional values still count! Rather than considering being home-bound a burden, use it as a tool to finally cook that meal that you just didn’t have time to make before. Take the time to prepare meals, improve your skills, and master that perfect dish! A good mix of feast and famine should help you maintain a healthy balance.  



 We all know that exercise can improve focus, reduce stress, and clear a busy mind. Just 20 minutes of exercise a day (now that you finally have the time – no more excuses!) can have  significant benefits  for your mental wellbeing, family relations, and ability to have a good night sleep. For an ‘extra productivity’ bonus point, use the time that you usually wouldn’t have in your day to fit in a small workout. Perhaps the commute you aren’t currently doing offers the perfect opportunity?  



Clean, and clean well! Spending more time at home will almost certainly lead to mess. Firstly, ensure that your work area is clean and tidy, and then use your time to work your way around the rest of your home. If you’re going to be stuck inside, you may as well make your surrounding area as nice as possible! 



Try to  find some ‘private’ time in your routine to relax and unwind. This one is really simple: do the things that make you happy. Watch that series or read that book; turn your phone off. The most important thing: do not feel guilty for doing zilch! 



 As with everything, this  period of uncertainty will come to an end. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the current environment. Perspective will be your friend here. Try to look on the bright side and use your time wisely. Once you are through to the other side of this crisis, would you want to consider your time productive, or wasteful? Remember that this too shall pass.  


Oh, and the record for keepie uppies is 83. 


08 April 2020
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