Staying Motivated In Isolation

We are all being challenged during this difficult time to keep ourselves safe and healthy. Whilst we are all doing the best we can – is there an opportunity here for us to turn it on it’s head and find new and healthier ways to live?

We have taken some ideas from Nicola and Chelsee who are currently isolating.


Nicola – “For those of us in self-isolation for 12 weeks who are also living alone, we need to keep our motivation strong. Here’s a few ideas that I am trying out whilst isolating for the next 12 weeks…

See the opportunity – yes this is really hard and though we cannot control what is going on around us we can control how we respond to it. If we can shift our mindset to ‘What can I do?’ from ‘I can’t do anything!’ we will find that there are things that we have always wanted to do but never had the time before.

Set new habits – get into a healthy routine; make your bed every-day, wash up every day, make a healthy breakfast, start reading a couple of chapters of a book every morning instead of watching the news, drink 10 glasses of water per day, the list is endless and completely up to you!

Set challenges – I started last week with challenging myself to do press ups, lunges and squats every day – last week it was 20 of each, this week it’s 40, next week 60 and so on. There are also some great work out routines out there. We will also be posting some of our very own soon.

Utilise every corner of your space – you may want to set out a little office, gym, craft or reading corner. If you are living in this space for the next 12 weeks, get your money’s worth and utilise every inch!

Stay connected – we live in a digital age, we have chance now to use this to its full advantage – skype, zoom, whereby, houseparty, facetime – all of these and many more help us to connect face to face virtually. Write letters, emails, texts etc. Collaborate on ideas and projects. Reach out and make time to connect.

Check out the different websites that have loads of ideas,  sites like Pinterest have recipes, craft ideas and tutorials, YouTube has loads of how-to videos – Use this time to learn an instrument, if you don’t have an instrument… learn to beatbox or body and cup percussion, junk percussion with household items, learn a new skill, a language, a craft.

And finally – Listen! –  Radio (there is a channel for every musical and non- musical taste), podcasts and audio books – Never before has there been such a rich variety for us to choose from. Dust off your vinyl collection, wake up the CD player!

And now for the Jerry Springer bit – Whatever you choose to do with your time at the moment, do it with passion, compassion and kindness. Stay safe 😊 Nicola x”

Chelsee – “My situation also mirrors Nicola’s. During these challenging times complete isolation can be tough! Before the current situation  I embarked on a journey to change my lifestyle, prioritising my health and I am committed to still doing that.

My first tip would be to ensure our well-being is maintained! Myself, like many others, tend to over-eat or look for food that provides us comfort in times of distress. This last week has been anxiety provoking to say the least. Whilst it’s very important to stay up to date with current affairs and daily updates, I found myself glued to news and my anxiety levels rising by the minute. My approach is to now limit my media exposure by checking in just twice daily and instead find comfort in surrounding myself with things that make me feel calm and relaxed. For me, this is:- music, my beloved dog (when he’s not being monkey), calming smells – be that a candle I have burning or food I am cooking and the outdoors – super easy whilst we’re being blessed with this nice weather, my patio doors are open all day! I can work outside and take my break by diving into a chapter of the current book I am reading!

My second tip would be to be kind to ourselves. If you are committed to being motivated in your health journey, it’s important to allow room for the occasional slip up or the enjoyment of that guilt free treat – particularly at a time like now when social events and our favourite restaurants are – for good reason – becoming a distant memory. If you want that piece of chocolate; have it! But remember, moderation is key! And whilst our weekends and days are rolling into one, why not try your hand at the next Master Chef – have a little fun with old, new or experimental recipes!

My third tip is to be as active as you can! It’s important to keep moving whilst we’re restricted to our homes. I’m very fortunate to have my puppy who certainly keeps me active! When I’m not running around the house chasing him for whatever shoe or slipper he is using as a toy; we will go for a walk. Current government guidelines state you’re allowed out once a day for exercise, so I use this time to walk my dog. We’re used to twice a day 30-minute walks, so now we make sure to make full use of our one and go for slightly longer. For those of you who don’t have the luxury of owning a hyperactive mischievous puppy, can you do some gardening and take advantage of the sunshine?! Alternatively, there are loads of incredible resources online for different types of activity and for all levels. And finally, is now a good time to scrub up on those dancing skills? Dance like nobody’s watching (literally)!’‍

Somerset NHS Health Check appointments are temporarily on pause across all of our community, pharmacy and GP venues; but they will be back up and running when it’s safe for all of our Practitioners to do so. In the meantime do keep an eye on our website, Facebook and Twitter for updates, guidance and advice.

Nicola Stanton & Chelsee McCarthy