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Expert on how to survive self-isolation
Being forced to self-isolate because of coronavirus is going to be difficult for a lot of people. An expert told James O'Brien how to maintain your mental health while staying at home. Paula is a cognitive behaviour therapist and called LBC to give some tips on the things that we can do to reduce worry during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Keep a regular routine

It is important to have a routine if you are working from home or looking after your kids. It could mean set times you do things, getting up and dressed, or doing tasks around the house.

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How to deal with worry

When worry comes, and you think if it is something you can tangibly get hold of and do something about, think about the steps you would go through to resolve the problem.

If it is a worry...

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Try to keep a routine

Doing so during stressful of traumatic periods of time will boost your resilience.
A routine could mean: eating meals at the same hours, sleeping, setting regular times to exercise, etc.

Exercise routines

This is an excellent way to stay healthy and occupy your time while being indoors.
Anything that gets your heart pumping or builds muscle is excellent for both physical and mental health.

Going outside

This is much easier in the country or suburbs. But remember to stay six feet away from other people.
Spending time in nature is a boon to both mental and physical health.

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  • Small things: Self-isolation can be dealt with ‘micro-lifts’, small, quick activities like saying hi to someone on FaceTime, joining an online group, or learning a bit of a new language.
  • A healthy diet: While it can be tempting to just sit on the sofa with zero movements, or snacking all day, it is a good idea to eat well, and eat healthily.

Engage With Nature

Whatever the limits and constraints, try to get some nature exposure and exercise, even in a garden, terrace or balcony. You can also take care of the houseplants or open the windows to let fresh air in the room.

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