Keeping Mentally Active During Self-Isolation

    As the measures enforced by the UK Government to tackle Covid-19 have become stricter and more widespread, many businesses have been able to adapt to enable staff to work from home. However, for many job roles across various sectors, working from home simply isn’t feasible.

    Employees in catering and hospitality roles, retail workers and those in the health and beauty industry have all found themselves temporarily unable to work since the UK government closed all non-essential business operations down.

    This will undoubtedly be a challenging period for everyone but for those people unable to work, it’s likely to be even harder.

    Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to keep mentally active throughout this lock down period which will not only help lift your mood, they will ensure you’re ready to reignite your career once it’s over.

    Establish a routine

    Having a routine is key to keeping positive, without one, this period of isolation will seem endless. So, try and wake up at the same time, stick to normal eating times and where possible, plan for the day ahead even if it’s with very simple things.

    Check in (remotely) with friends and family

    Keeping in contact with your friends and relatives over the phone or via video call is a great way to maintain some form of human interaction. There are lots of apps that enable you to play quizzes and games with multiple people at the same time so you can still have fun and socialise in new ways without physically meeting people. Keep physically active

    Keep Active

    Keeping physically active is important for lots of reasons and will make you feel better physically and mentally. Planning to do at least one form of exercise each day is also good for building a routine. At the moment, the Government’s advice is that people are allowed to go for 1 walk or run per day as long as they keep away from crowds and maintain a 2-meter distance. If running is not for you, why not use your garden or even your front room! There are so many different tutorials online to get ideas and motivation from so try something new and enjoy it.

    Review your CV

    We are all guilty of putting off updating our CV but with this extra time on your hands it is the perfect opportunity to ensure it is formatted correctly and is up to date with your work history. This is particularly important if your job is not secure in the current climate as you may need to apply for jobs once the market picks up. Making sure it’s ready to go and tailored to the industry you’re interested in, will give you an advantage when the time comes.

    Do an online course

    Self-development is always a good idea, but we often don’t have the time to study or work on ourselves. Now is the opportunity to learn something new or enhance your skills from the comfort of your own home. There are so many options when it comes to online courses ranging from management skills, computer skills, coding, finance and more. Do some research and choose something that you are interested in and will help further your career in the long term. Your days will start to fly by once you get into it.  Check out www.paterson-training.co.uk to access a number of online courses.

    Read more

    Switch off the rolling news, put your phone to one side and pick up a book. Move away from the genres you’d normally read and try something new; you might find a completely new interest. Reading is a great way to pass the time that doesn’t involve a screen. There are also lots of self help and personal development books which can help shine a light on your own goals and future objectives. You could come out of lockdown having a clear idea of what you want to achieve.

    Learn about yourself

    Having this additional time on your hands is the perfect opportunity to evaluate your situation and understand what makes you tick. Maybe you’d always had a burning desire to work in a specific field or you’ve been putting off learning a new skill because you’ve been busy. Use this time to take stock, think about where you are in your life plan and where you want to be. You can then start putting targets in place to ensure you get there.

    If your circumstances have changed and you are now seeking a new opportunity our team are just a phone call away. Get in touch today!

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