Isolate The Right Way
‘Right, pack up your stuff, you’re working from the comfort of your bed for the next month’ – literally, can you think of a more glorious sentence to bless your ears after you’ve sprinted through the dull grey drizzle at one minute to nine on a Friday morning, slightly hungover from the mandatory Thursday after work wine, to get into work and have to cope with the every-day office struggles; communal mugs, chairs that feel like they were initially made as some form of torture- and suchlike.
Realistically, most of us don't live in fifty-room mansions complete with swimming pool, sauna, tennis court and cinema room. So fast forward 2 weeks, and the initial novelty of the one room office/gym/sleeping quarters situation will have undoubtedly worn off and you’ll remember those communal mugs with fondness, and you’ll think to yourself ‘If only I appreciated those chairs whilst I had the chance’.
In this uncertain time where all we can do is what we feel is right for ourselves and those around us. If you are currently in or about to enter isolation mode, here are a few things that might help us all through it.
Structure your days. Working where you sleep, sleeping where you eat, eating where you exercise; you are literally going to get under your own feet never mind anyone else’s. Having some sort of structure to your days will, 1. Make you more productive and 2. Make you feel less like you’re in a prison cell.
Tick off your ‘To do’ lists. Or if you don’t have any, make some! Now is the perfect time to do all the things you’ve been meaning to do but keep putting off because you ‘don’t have the time’. Well, people, now we have nothing but time, so it’s time to hang those picture frames up, clean your makeup brushes and put all the clothes you haven’t worn since uni on Depop- you literally have NO excuse!
Meditation over media. It’s important to keep in-the-know to a certain extent, but there is such a thing as being over-informed which (in this current situation especially) is just stressful. Instead of constantly scrolling through the latest headlines on twitter or pictures of the empty shelves in Tesco all day, invest in a meditation app like ‘Headspace’ or ‘calm’.
Keep active. We know what some of you are thinking, this is the perfect excuse not to exercise, because you’re far too busy binge-watching all the series you’ve been planning on watching but haven’t got around to. Think again. Put it this way, you can either come out the other end of this isolation period 1 stone lighter, or 3 stone heavier, the power is in your hands. Get ‘The fitness marshal’ up on YouTube and turn your sitting room into an extremely odd, low-budget music video set.
In this uncertain time where all we can do is what we feel is right for ourselves and those around us if you are currently in or about to enter isolation mode, here are a few things that might help us all through it., start brain training, or more realistically; perfect that cut crease girl!
Words by Ella Winfield
Graphics by Katie Janes