Social distancing is considered essential to slowing the spread of coronavirus.

Life can be hard if you suffer with social anxiety or depression, but during these unprecedented times of lockdown it can become even harder to deal with those feelings and to make sure that your mental health isn’t affected even more than usual.

There are several things you can do to make sure that you don’t spiral into social anxiety oblivion if you are self-isolating and working from home.

The first thing is to make sure that you keep in touch with the outside world. If you shut yourself off completely, then when the time comes to go outside and mix with others you won’t feel overwhelmed. Try not to get stuck in your own thoughts and look for things that will motivate you to connect with others whether that is virtually through FaceTime, Zoom or Skype or just texting via WhatsApp or other messaging services.

Self-care is so important and making sure that you stick to a daily routine is one way of ensuring that you don’t slip up on things like taking medications and healthy eating and drinking to provide sustenance. Create a schedule that you can refer to that has a sensible structure that you can follow. Include blocks of time for working as well as times that you should take a break. Try and have a separate space where you work from and somewhere else to have your meals.

Some days will be worse than others, so be easy on yourself and remember that there are many others who are feeling the same way as you are.

‘Every day is a new beginning. Take a deep breath, smile and start again.’