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Top tips for ensuring self-isolation doesn’t mean family stress and disruption

The phrase 'self-isolation' has become commonplace in all of the news briefings, updates and guidance surrounding Coronavirus. It is essential that both collectively and individually, we follow the guidance given by Government in an effort to ensure that the spread of Coronavirus is as limited as it possibly can be.

It is important that we are mindful that 'isolation' doesn’t mean that vulnerable groups, individuals, families and friends become isolated in a time where everyone needs comfort and reassurance from their nearest and dearest.

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Working together as a family

The current restrictions raise the potential of stress, disruption and tension. As Family lawyers, our experienced team are very aware of the negative impacts on modern families where they stop working together as a unit.

How then can we try to alleviate stress, tension and disruption and keep ourselves active and occupied? Here are a few ideas which are all family inclusive and child friendly:

Board games
In every home up and down the country, in the back of cupboards and on top of shelves, old board games will likely have been gathering dust; forgotten about in favour of computer games and online entertainment. Now is a great time to wipe the dust off them and get the family into the same room to enjoy some time together.

Baking
Whether you are a Masterchef, a budding amateur or don’t know the difference between self-raising and plain flour, baking is a great way to pass a couple of hours, especially if you are trying to entertain the kids. For the kids, they (hopefully) get a delicious treat at the end of the day, but they definitely get quality time with their parents; something that is utterly invaluable for their growth and development.

Exercise
Following guidance to self-isolate doesn’t mean that you are stuck on the couch all day. Activity is important for both your physical and mental health. Whether it's watching an online exercise class or making use of those dumbbells you have lying in the corner of the room, keeping active is essential.

Get into the garden
If you have a garden, get the trowel out! This is an activity which allows you to get some much needed fresh air, with the added benefit of the sights and smells that a spring garden affords you.

Check in on others
Put those unlimited calls and texts to good use. It is easy for some to feel 'cut off' during periods of self-isolation. This can have negative effects on people's physical and mental wellbeing; especially those in particular social groups such as the elderly. Reach out to family you haven’t spoken to in a while and get in touch with friends you've not seen in a couple of weeks.

Take time for yourself
Being alone doesn’t have to mean being lonely. Grab that book you have been meaning to read for a while, catch up with that series you said you would or tick that thing off your bucket-list that you've struggled to make time for. Personal development and growth is as important as professional development in these difficult times.

Get in touch

Our family law team is made up of experienced family law solicitors around the country. Many of our team are trained in various methods of dispute resolution, including mediation and collaborative practice, and are Accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as specialists in their field. Head of Family Law Amanda Masson holds the COSCA qualification in Counselling Skills.