For some people, lockdown has been a frustrating and lonely time without contact with friends and family.
Here we are, still in lockdown. Even though we've moved to between lockdown stages in South Africa, people over 60 are encouraged to stay home.
You may have elderly loved ones who are far away, or you have missed your weekly trips to the shops, library, church, and other social gatherings.
While it is not easy, it’s important to make sure you’re taking the best advice to stay healthy and minimise the risk of contracting COVID-19. But we all know health is more than just physical.
We want to make sure we’re eating well, keeping our immune systems up, regularly washing hands but we also want to stay chipper and connected to the people who are important to us. We’ve put together some ideas of how to stay ahead of the lockdown blues (or shake them) while we all work out the new normal.
If you’re feeling a bit of cabin fever, it’s a good idea to go outside for some fresh air and a fresh perspective. You don’t have to go far, just into your garden or balcony and hopefully into some sunshine. A change of scenery does wonders for soul!
Getting creative is an excellent way to pass the time. Knitting, painting, woodwork, creative writing, baking, handmade gifts of any kind are balm for any kind of loneliness. You might already have a hobby but maybe try something new? Remember, you’re never too old to give something new a go. Ask your family or care companion to help you organise the materials you need and dive in!
Reading is always a wonderful way to pass the time. But with libraries and bookstores closed, it’s probably not easy to get your hands on a good book. A great alternative is audio books. You can listen to them on your phone and there are thousands of books to choose from of every genre. It’s also a great way to keep up reading if you’re struggling with your eyes. Again, this is something your carer or family can help you set up and use.
Enjoy the peace and quiet. Before lockdown our neighbourhoods and communities where (arguably) pretty busy. We didn’t have much time for who and what was most important to us and we sometimes felt pushed and pulled in all directions. If you’re feeling a bit glum, take 20 minutes or so and try to enjoy the quiet, read something comforting, pray, meditate or reminisce on your happiest times.
Feeling disconnected is usually a pretty good sign that it’s time to get in touch with your loved ones. But social distancing means you might have to find other way to reach them. The prospect of technology can sometimes be a bit daunting but call on your carer to help you use the right tools. You can use video calling to chat to family far away (and see them!), you can send your friends messages or voice notes for very little cost from your mobile phone. Don’t be scared to explore these options – it’s worth trying if you’re missing the special people in your life.
Another suggestion we love is to ask someone to download your favourites old movies and TV shows for you to watch. Some of our family has loved the trip down memory lane watching the likes of Animal Farm, 12 Angry Men and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
We also know that while phones and technology is an amazing way to bring people closer, it’s not the same as a cup of tea and a good chat in your very own home. We want you to know that because you are in isolation, you’re not alone.
Our carers are here for you when you need us, and you can rest assured that we are taking every precaution to ensure everyone’s safety. Call on us with the peace of mind that we have your best interests at heart.
The CareCompany is an essential services provider and available throughout lockdown, so if you need some support our trained nurses and care-team are available to help.