How to Stay Sane in Isolation

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well in these rather strange times. As much as I’d like to keep my corner on the internet a positive space, and somewhere to avoid hearing about what we hear on other sources constantly, what’s going on in the world is a reality. In light of the lockdown, I wanted to share my pieces of advise in staying sane.

Stick to your usual sleeping pattern

I have a pretty good body clock, and find myself rising at a reasonably early hour even on the weekends, however, when routine goes out of the window and we have less to distinguish between our days, it can be easy to lose routine and your sleeping pattern. I have struggled with sleep on and off for years, so I can totally appreciate the difficulty. I find trying my best to stick to a routine of sleeping and keeping my body clock on track helpful. It helps keep structure and routine to my life in a time where so much else is up in the air.


Keeping your body moving is key, and so helpful in maintaining mental wellbeing. Whether it’s a ten minute ab exercise, yoga, or an at-home cardio routine, there’s still ways to get your body moving and releasing those feel-good chemicals without the gym. It’s something I find to make a huge difference in my well-being – all year round, but particularly something to keep on top of in times like this.

Cook and fill your body with goodness

I can’t take credit for cooking, since my fantastic boyfriend loves cooking and happily does it for the two of us – however, I know cooking has been helpful for him during the lockdown period – so still a piece of advise to share. He has been encouraging me to help him out with it too, which has been an enjoyable activity for us to enjoy together. Not to mention, filling your body with good, nutritious food works wonders.

The two of us have wanted to use this time to also start baking – something neither of us have given a go. So, if you have any recommendations of beginner tasty treats, do share!

Find a hobby and focus on your interests

This period can be used to think about what you enjoy, something you’ve always wanted to get round to trying, and what you want from your future.For me, that has been to put time into focussing on my blog and creating content again. The time in isolation has given me lots of time to think, and has got my creative juices flowing again – inspiring me to become more active again on this channel.

Remember that this is only temporary

If there’s one key, take-away message from this post, it’s to remember that this period is only temporary for all of us. As uncertain, strange, and unsettling as it is – it won’t last forever, and there is an end point to it. It can be hard to remember the overall perspective when something is in the here and now when it feels overwhelming, but just remember that we will look back on this period in the future.

What are your tips for this isolation period? How have you been spending your days?

Shelley x

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  1. April 10, 2020 / 2:49 pm

    This is such a great blog post! I loved all your tips, particularly having a regular sleep pattern. I definitely need to do some more workouts! I’ve been doing a few online pilates lessons but really could do with some more movement too.

    • onlyshelley
      April 10, 2020 / 3:06 pm

      Thanks lovely! Great idea, I’ve been following online workouts too.

      Shelley x

  2. April 15, 2020 / 10:56 am

    Hi Shelley!

    I totally agree with this post. It’s a great reminder for all of us that this too, shall come to pass. And while we’re in it, it’s best to keep ourselves healthy and productive.

    Hope all is well with you! Stay safe always 🙂


    • onlyshelley
      April 15, 2020 / 1:06 pm

      Thank you lovely. Indeed, I hope you’re well too – stay safe!

      Shelley x

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