Tips for boosting morale in isolation

Feeling a little lost in isolation? Sarah Lahiri tells us the best ways to keep morale high when in self-isolation

Sarah Lahiri
9th November 2020

As the days get colder, rules get stricter and university gets harder, feeling slightly overwhelmed is inevitable.  It’s easy to get lost in the chaos of canvas notifications, to do lists and what could have beens and adjusting to the fact that Coronavirus has fully taken over our lives can be difficult.

Whether you’re still clinging on to the pre-corona lifestyle or cannot come to terms with reality feeling like a fever dream, it’s natural to struggle. Here are 5 tips for taking care of your mental health during isolation.

Establishing a routine

Isolation has forced us into working on our own terms and at our own pace. Sounds ideal until you’re struggling with the work piling up and wish you still had your lecturer forcing the essential readings into your brain. No shame, we’ve all been there.

To avoid this, it is essential to establish a routine that works for you. Staying organised and on top of your tasks will give you a sense of accomplishment and direction and prevent you from feeling lost. And realistically- if you’re busy, you won’t have the time for anything else. Create a dedicated work space, and get cracking. No excuses!

Staying connected

Physical isolation can lead to feeling alone mentally. Its important to remind yourself of your connections and make an effort to keep them. Whether it’s a socially distanced outing, a walk with a friend, or a quick zoom call, being in touch with your circle can give you the serotonin boost you need. So, share some memes, send those messages or just play a game (or 10) of Among Us- it is important to remind yourself you aren’t alone.

Celebrating small wins

Recognising and appreciating your own efforts is guaranteed to boost your morale during all this uncertainty. Without hearing the regular “well done” or “good job,” it may feel like your efforts have gone unnoticed and lead to problems with motivation. It is easier said than done, but try to readjust your thinking and reward yourself for smaller victories. You don’t always need to be on your A game and coming to terms with this is key to avoiding burnout.

Prioritise your mental health

Taking physical precautions during the pandemic has become second nature, but knowing your own mental triggers is equally important. Identifying what puts you off and trying to filter it out is the first step in trying to avoid feelings of low morale.  Consciously prioritise your mental well-being and allow yourself to adapt to the current circumstances. Whether it’s a self-care day, watching Netflix for hours on end or typing out a whole assignment- There is no one fixed way, and doing what you think is best for yourself is the most effective solution.

It may feel like things have come to a standstill, but they haven’t and neither should you. These times are confusing and it is important to acknowledge that it will pass. Give yourself room to cope- you’ve never lived through a global pandemic before. If nothing else, bask in feelings of superiority! You’re saving lives just by staying home.

Feature Image: Pixabay @5688709

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