I have taught the subject of managing imprisonment for many years. My students were mostly people who might find themselves the victims of kidnap situations, where they might be incarcerated on their own or in small groups for months and possibly years.
Many of these sanity management advisories are based on common sense.
Much of the advice below on how to manage isolation is taken from the experiences of people who have been in forced isolation for long periods such as prisoners (notably prisoners of war) and kidnap victims held in confinement.
What are the beats of your day?
Go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day if possible. Don’t oversleep. Lie-ins are a treat. When you wake up, take a moment to go through your daily routine.
Conduct morning ablutions. Wash. Teeth. Whatever! Cup of tea or coffee or equivalent wake-up, morning refresh. Catch up on news – find out what’s going on in the world (but be aware of fake news, media hypothesis, theories and excessive media drama and exaggerations).
Jog, walk, stretch, yoga, isometrics, gym – do something for 40 minutes or so to get the blood circulating and your metabolism going.
Keep it light. Or consider fasting! Could be a good opportunity to get trim if you think you need to.
Divide the chores into daily routines. Day 1 dusting and vacuuming. Day 2 laundry. Day 3 ironing, etc. Window cleaning. Vehicle clean. Garden, yard or balcony maintenance, sort out those books, magazines, cupboards, etc. Have a 7 day chores routine so that by the end of the week every aspect of your accommodation has been cleaned and organised.
Lunch or snack?
Make an effort. No short cuts. Lay the table. Clean up afterwards.
Do your project
Check on your neighbours
If any of your neighbours are physically challenged consider making their needs a part of your routine
Do something physically relaxing
Take a walk. Stretch. Have a bath.
Make it as sociable as possible. Communicate. Interact. Share stories, problems, theories, discussions, news.
Movie. Book. Puzzle. Board game etc.
2 thoughts on “Covid-19 Isolation Advice”
Some very good advice particularly for people who are suffering with mental health issues. A lot of your advice is very much along the lines of cbt and well being which I think lots of us can benefit from.
I also like the fact you have stated about having routines and following a plan. This is very valuable for someone like myself who is in lockdown and is working from home for the first time.
As well I would like to say thank you for putting this on your website and twitter and trying to help people out in this most unusual of times.
Stay safe your self and your family.
All the best Andrew. I hope yo get through this without a scratch!!!