Holly’s Top Tips for Isolation: Number 2

Holly's Top Tips for Isolation: Number 2

Holly, who's spent over two years in isolation due to treatment for her Neurofibromatosis, give us some help on how to cope with lockdown. Here is her Top Tips for Isolation: Number 2.

Number 2: Celebrate the small accomplishments

And taking silver in Holly’s Top Tips for Isolation is number 2: celebrate the small accomplishments. With examples from Holly and Vicky such as “making your bed” or “getting dressed”, they emphasise that early morning accomplishments are a great way to start the day.

It’s easy in times like these to feel a bit down on yourself. And it’s even easier to give in to the temptation to stay in your PJ’s all day. But psychology sides with Holly on this one. When we achieve something – and it can be a small something! – our brains release dopamine. This gives us a rush of feel-good emotion and emphasises a reward for the task completed.

Making your bed in the morning is often touted as an entry into a more productive day. US Navy Admiral, William H. McRaven delivered a now-famous speech on the importance of little things in changing your life for the better. His first point made? Yup, it’s “make your bed!”

Celebrating the small accomplishments of lockdown life is important, not only to keep up routine, not only for the dopamine reward, but mainly to help us keep a sense of normality.

Keeping track of our small achievements throughout the day is a good idea. As is a moment of light-bragging. You’ve put the laundry away? Well, give yourself a pat on the back! And at the end of the day, seeing a list of task completed will give you an extra little smile. It ties in great with Holly’s tip number 3 too!

Stay tuned for the rest of Holly's Top Tips for Isolation!

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