Mental Hygiene - A brain care guide for the time of self-isolation

Updated: Oct 11




Whether you’re based in a large city or the country, you are probably worried about the Coronavirus outbreak just like everyone else. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you've probably heard all about the virus and how to prevent its spread.

That’s why we’re not going to bore you with repeating the same information over and over again (media is doing it for us).


Instead, today, we’ll focus on staying ‘sane’ and well in the very likely event of having to self-isolate very soon.


Working From Home

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As many countries are already closing most of the public spaces, and where possible people are being asked to work from home, it’s important to learn how to do it well. Whether you’re an introvert or an extravert chances are that working from home in the long term is not something you’ll enjoy.

If possible get yourself a dedicated workspace, this will help you stay more motivated than working from your bed! Remember to take regular breaks, try to keep the same habits as you have in your office/work. Take a 10-minute stretching-break once an hour, and make yourself a nice cup of tea once in a while! We like to keep refilling our THEENK cuppas until the teabags go completely bleak :)


Human Interaction


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Self-isolation doesn’t mean you can’t talk or meet other people. The key here is avoiding public spaces, however, inviting (a healthy) friend/coworker for a lunch at yours can be a great way of breaking the isolation and getting some human contact. If that doesn’t feel like something you want to do then try having a virtual lunch with your team or friends. The chances are they’re going through the same thing and would love to have a Facetime lunch together!


Fresh Air

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Getting fresh air is an extremely important part of supporting your mental health. Spending time outdoors is a proven method of improving the mood, reducing stress and anger, and feeling more relaxed in general. Try taking a daily walk in the park to get some nature-time. The best way of doing it is by taking an early-morning stroll somewhere between 5 and 7 am. Believe us, it’s unlikely you’ll see any other people at that time! During the day remember to let fresh air in by opening the windows regularly!


Good Food

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We can’t stress the importance of nutrition enough! First of all, remember to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water during the day. Food is a key factor in building your immunity and balancing your mood. Remember to eat a lot of nutrient-dense foods. Opt-out for foods rich in Magnesium, Vitamins of group B and Vitamin D3 and C, such as:




🌱Fatty Fish

🌱Nuts

🌱Leafy Greens

🌱Eggs

🌱Avocados

🌱Whole Grains

🌱Fruit







Those will help you support the immune system and regulate your mood!

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Exercise

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Physical activity is another key component of feeling good. Exercise will give you more energy during the day (especially if you decide to stay at home) and help lower stress and anxiety. On top of that exercise releases endorphins in your body which can make you feel happy and support your general wellbeing.


So what can you do at home?

Just go to Youtube and look for your favourite kind of workout- there’s millions of them! Our favourite is Yoga With Adrienne*, here’s a link to her

30-day of yoga at Home journey

- you’re welcome!


*This is not an ad, it’s a genuine recommendation. We don’t get any commission out of it.




Self Care

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Remember to keep doing the things you love - EVERY DAY! We get it, if you love climbing it may be difficult to do it at home, but remember even the little things matter! A nice warm, bubble bath; your favourite book; playing the guitar or a glass of your favourite red, whatever it is, do it! This will help you keep your mood up.


Try to think about this whole situation as an opportunity to do the things you never had the time to do! Who knows, you may even enjoy the time spent in self-isolation!


We’d love to hear what you do for your mental hygiene during this time!

Let us know in the comments!