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  • Here we have 9 tips plus a bonus one for you at the end, for staying healthy during isolation

  • 1. Routine and Goals Your brain loves patterns and routines, and

  • maybe your normal routine is out the window right now (literally). Spending the day aimlessly

  • wondering around without a plan will leave your brain wondering what on earth is going

  • on, so lets set up some patterns for your day, your brain will thank you for it!

  • Let's go old school, grab one of these ancient tools (a pen), now some repurposed flattened

  • white tree sheets. Not talking about your secret back up toilet roll stash, just regular

  • paper will do. Write down what you want to do tomorrow. Now put it into rough time slots.

  • Maybe it looks something like this. Get up, workout, shower, breakfast, check emails,

  • do work, lunch, call a friend, hobby hour, more work, FaceTime Dave, we all have a friend

  • called Dave who needs some love right? Dinner, hobby break 2, Rick and Morty o Netflix journaling,

  • reading, then bed. Sound a pretty nice day actually right? Of course you don't have

  • to stick to it religiously but a general outline of your day will be your guidance and grounding

  • for where you should be. Do make sure to mix it up a little though on some days, but keep

  • a general consistency to your plans And while you are at it, do you have any goals

  • you want to aim for this week or month? Set some realistic dates to finish that new project

  • you have started and mark it on your calendar, then when that is done set some more goals.

  • For example, Learn that new song on the guitar next week and schedule in 30mins in the evening

  • and put everything else aside to do this.

  • 2.Jouranaling We just mentioned journaling, but what's

  • the deal with it? If you are having feelings of anxiety, boredom or frustration accumulating

  • in your head they are serving no positive purpose in there, and can eventually lead

  • to deeper negative feelings and moods. Journaling can be done in many ways, But the

  • aim is to clarify your thoughts and feelings, put a bit more order into the jumble of your

  • brain and get closer to the core of your problems. Just the act of getting out frustrations in

  • this manner can lower stress and make you more present. I advise grabbing that pen and

  • paper again just before bed and writing about the positives and negatives of your day. Your

  • brain will be less active for addressing any issues you have and it can help settle you

  • down for sleep without having that argument you had or that issue with work bouncing around

  • your brain when you switch the lights off. Unless you sleep with the lights on, then

  • you are a weirdo.

  • 3.reflection/purpose And along with journaling, you might start

  • using this time to do some bigger reflection on yourself. Maybe you have been too busy

  • for a long long time to really sit with yourself and think about your purpose in life, where

  • you are, how you got here, what do you want going forward and what do you need? Now you

  • have the time to tackle some bigger questions you might have been putting off or not had

  • time to digest in a busy day to day life, you can really utilise this time to reflect

  • on bigger issues and come out of this feeling ready for a new chapter, where you can regain

  • some purpose.

  • One big question is how we spend most of our days, in our jobs. Is the job or study you

  • have making you happy? A lot of people are now out of work or working from home, but

  • do you love you job? Do you want to be doing this for the rest of your working life just

  • to make ends meet or is it something you really enjoy and want to be doing?

  • Think about tackling these four points when thinking about your current job or speculating

  • on a career you are passionate about. • Are you good at it?

  • Do you love it? • Is it something the world needs?

  • And can you earn enough from it? If you answered yes to all of these then you

  • are probably in the right job, but if not, is there something else you would love to

  • do? Of course money is a factor here but times like these can really put money into perspective,

  • life can be fragile and fleeting, so lets do something we can look back on and say we

  • loved doing right? Thinking FACE.

  • 4. Relationships and connections (and help others)

  • Humans are innately social creatures, and without regular, fulfilling and varied social

  • interactions a feeling of loneliness can creep in, and chronic loneliness is shown to shorten

  • life expectancy and can be as harmful as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

  • Make sure to set some time aside to be connecting with family and friends also isolating from

  • their homes. You will show you are looking out for them and both reap the benefits of

  • a dopamine rush on a video call or voice call to each other. Ask how they are really feeling

  • and have a listen. Maybe that friend or relative you have not

  • spoken to for a while, could you ring them and see how they are and get an update on

  • their life, all little actions that go a long way in strengthening bonds with each other

  • and fending off loneliness that may creep in if you decide to keep yourself to yourself.

  • If you are isolating with others you will be relying on them a lot and them on you.

  • You will need to make sure you are having time to connect together and also times apart

  • when you need a breather or some space. Being confined together can cause friction in any

  • relationship, so kindness and allocating areas for quiet time will go a long way.

  • Oh and don't forget your penpal from France you had growing up, write them a letter too….

  • 5.Social media addiction Even though we want to stay connected with

  • people we do need to keep our social media use in check right now more than ever. Without

  • much incentive in the day it can be easy to just scroll your way through a whole hour

  • of the day, be honest have you been doing that? After 3 days of isolation I caught myself

  • doing this and decided to take some action. Studies on social media use show that over

  • usage actually increases feelings of social isolation and in turn increases loneliness.

  • So I deleted the social media apps off of my phone but kept my chat apps like Messenger

  • and WhatsApp so I could keep the connections with people I wanted to chat and speak to,

  • the real quality connections you have. Give it a go, or at least allocate time to check

  • social media if you feel you are over using it. I actually recommend only using the internet

  • at this time if it has a purpose or reward for you. Like….watching this amazing video….but

  • after the call ring a friend yeah.

  • 6. hobbies / time to learn something new Maybe after dropping social media you find

  • you have an extra hour of your day back, so you can pick up that hobby you had. Get your

  • camera out and start experimenting with some super arty shots, learn chords on that dusty

  • guitar, get creative in the kitchen and cook up a storm and throw over cooked brownies

  • at any youths loitering on the streets still or start looking for online classes and YouTube

  • tutorials for your hobby of choice. Crochet is prettttty hot right now.

  • If you want to learn how to animate like us we will leave a few links to good tutorials

  • in the description below as well.

  • 7. Body health As well as your brain, your body might also

  • be growing cobwebs, how much do we miss a stroll through the park or a hike for the

  • gram right now? We need to keep our bodies moving, fitness lowers stress hormones, releasing

  • the feel good hormone dopamine. It can be a key part to our daily routines in combating

  • isolation. You may be allowed to go out for a daily run still but if not all you need

  • is a bit of space to move and jump about, 20minutes and someone to tell you what to

  • do. Well I need someone to tell me what to do or I just eat chips insteadCheck out

  • Joe Wicks on YouTube, he has Home friendly HIIT videos that you can do that work up a

  • sweat, catering for all levels, from beginner to Olympian. I recommend his 500 rep challenge,

  • it's a tough start to the day but such a rewarding challenge and leaves you feeling

  • energised to tackle another day. If HIIT is not your thing, check out Zumba class videos,

  • start a 30 day yoga challenge series, or how about learning how to do a headstand in the

  • two weeks even, go on we dare you, the crew will be amazed.

  • 8. Stress reduction Stress, is dubbed theHealth Epidemic of

  • the 21st Centuryby the World Health Organization. This is because of the ever growing amounts

  • of stress we are exposing ourselves to and the impacts it is having on our bodies, mind

  • and immune system. Stress releases the steroid hormone cortisol.

  • This hormone acts to reduce inflammation in short term stress situations, and when a dose

  • of stress dies down, cortisol will too. But when you are under more stress or constant

  • stress, cortisol continues to produce, and starts to wreak havoc in your body, causing

  • health issues such as obesity, anxiety, depression and actually increasing inflammation, all

  • issues that strain and weaken your immune system.

  • So make sure you are giving yourself enough stress free moments in the day, especially

  • before bed. Consider things like meditation and yoga as they are shown to reduce stress.

  • We also made a video on meditation and how it changes your brain, find that here and

  • in the description below. Oh and does anybody want to see a full series

  • on the 2020 modern day stress pandemic? Lets discuss in the comments!

  • 9. What is your tip! Before our 10th and final tip I left number

  • 9 blank and want you to let us know what your tip would be here, how are you dealing with

  • isolation? What is helping you? Leave a comment and I promise I will get back to you,

  • lets have a discussion and help others in the same boat as we all are in, but not in,

  • as we are 2 metres apart in our own boats that are 2 metres away from everyone else's,

  • which are shaped more like houses, and in fact are just houses. Just leave a comment.

  • Smiley FACE.

  • 10. Keep your brain active There is only so many times you can pace up

  • and down the kitchen, look out the window at the cat and check your fridge to see if

  • any new delicious snacks have appeared. Your brain will turn into that not so good

  • looking cabbage at the bottom of the fridge if you are not careful.

  • One fun way we can combat this boredom is with learning through creative thinking, puzzles

  • and problem solving. You exercise the right and left part of your brain, lower stress

  • levels, release dopamine (when we are have fun) and can even improve your IQ. Imagine

  • coming out the house after isolation smarter than when you entered, I would be ever so

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  • daily brain challenges, that are great fun to try and solve during my tea breaks or bouts

  • of isolation downtime. They have over 60 courses that will keep you

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  • It's a great time to take their course on the Physics of everyday, where they will take

  • you on a journey of learning the concept of physics using everyday objects we are very

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Here we have 9 tips plus a bonus one for you at the end, for staying healthy during isolation

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