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This advice from the RCOT was suggested by Judith Payling
Staying well when social distancing
The Royal College of Occupational Therapists has issued the following advice to support those who are undertaking social distancing to get through the next few weeks.
The government has now advised that if you have an underlying health condition(s) or if you are aged 70 or older, you should be social distancing for up to 12 weeks. We know that during this period it’s really important that you look after your mental and emotional wellbeing as well as your physical health.
As occupational therapists we are in a strong position to advise people on how to stay well while when social distancing. Indeed many people look to us for guidance and now is the time for us to step forward. We strongly urge you to share this advice with other occupational therapists, the people who access your services, their families, your colleagues and other health and care professionals on what they can do to help them cope with social distancing.
Establish a daily routine. Routines provide structure and purpose.
Balance your weekly routine so you have a good mix of work (activities that have to be done), rest and leisure.
Think about the regular activities that are most important to you. What are the important elements to these? Can you adapt them to carry out in the home? For example, instead of a class, following an online strength and balance routine.
Set daily goals to provide purpose and a sense of achievement. This might include working through that list of the things you keep meaning to do but never get round to?
Identify the triggers that make you feel low and look for ways to reduce or manage them.
Talk with family, friends and neighbours to help them understand how you feel and how they can help. Can they talk you through using apps on your mobile phone, for instance?
Take care of yourself. Eat and drink healthily with plenty of fruit, vegetables and water, to help boost your immune system and energy levels.
Avoid staying still for too long. Exercise and regular movement will maintain fitness and strength. If you are working from home, take breaks and eat away from your “desk.”
Have a good sleep routine. If you are struggling, try avoiding tea and coffee in the late afternoon and evening, take a bath, using blackout curtains, listening to gentle music or deep breathing exercises.
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