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How I'm coping on down days in self-isolation

It's completely normal to have days where we feel a bit low or anxious during this time of self-isolation. Laura, 21, shares how she's coping on these down days.

In everyday life it’s completely normal to have down days. When we have those days we are usually advised to pick ourselves up by perhaps spending time with friends or simply going outside, but now things have changed. I have found that my usual coping mechanisms cannot be put into place during self-isolation so I have had to adapt. I hope that this post can give you some ideas if you are also struggling to cope on down days during self-isolation – you are definitely not alone.

Acknowledge and accept your down days

If you scroll down your social media during this time, I’m sure that you will see countless people exercising or learning a new skill while in self-isolation – this is great to see, but please do not think that you have to be doing this every single day.

I’ve had days where I have been very productive, but I’ve also had days where I’ve just wanted to watch movies and do nothing – that’s ok too. I think that it’s important to recognise when you are having a down day and accept that this will happen from time to time.

I think that it’s important to recognise when you are having a down day and accept that this will happen from time to time.

You could try and pick yourself up by doing an activity, but it’s equally ok to accept that you are having a down day and ride out the emotions – there’s always tomorrow.

Below are some tips of things that you can do to pick yourself up if you’re having a down day, but I do think it’s normal if sometimes these things don’t work and you simply just acknowledge how you feel – from my experience, these feelings will pass and you’ll feel better eventually.

Make a routine

Writing down a routine at the beginning of each week has really helped me to cope when I’m having a down day – if I find my mind wandering and overthinking I can just refer back to my routine, which brings me back into the present moment.

Your routine doesn’t have to be too complex, but just having a rough idea of the tasks that you want to achieve throughout the day should help you if you are feeling down. I even have time scheduled for watching movies etc. so I don’t overthink or feel down when I’m relaxing – just because we’re at home, that doesn’t mean we have to be constantly working.

I even have time scheduled for watching movies etc. so I don’t overthink or feel down when I’m relaxing.

I’d also suggest not getting too down if you do not complete every aspect within your routine. I have definitely had days in self-isolation where I’ve felt that I have done enough so I simply moved a task onto another day – adapting your routine when you’re feeling down can really help you to overcome this, as it allows us to recognise that we don’t have be ok all of the time.

Stay connected

If you find yourself feeling down during self-isolation, it can be very easy to slip into the mindset that you are alone, but this isn’t the case. I’d really recommend facetiming or calling your friends and family on a daily basis as this has helped me massively when I have felt down.

If you are not in a position to do this, I would recommend putting a YouTube video on or simply listening to a podcast as this can comfort you if you’re feeling lonely. It’s important to remember that we are all in the same position so I am sure reaching out to someone if you’re having a down day will benefit them as well as you.

If you find yourself feeling down during self-isolation, it can be very easy to slip into the mindset that you are alone, but this isn’t the case.

Final thoughts

I hope these tips help you. The important thing is to remember that you are never alone and eventually this will pass.

 

Author: Laura, 21

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