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Gus Booth-Clibborn, Tomo

07 Apr 2020

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How starting some good habits now can help your mind and body during social isolation.

Life has changed since Covid-19. Following Government advice, many people spend the majority of their time indoors, unable to go out and visit the friends and neighbours that they would normally see. For those who are most at risk (shielded or extremely vulnerable), even a trip to the shops is prohibited. With the basic patterns of everyday life disrupted and a couple of weeks into the lockdown, many people are beginning to feel the effects of this dramatic change to their routines.

Get into good habits 

Everyday habits play an important part in both physical and mental health. Getting out of the house, eating well-balanced meals, and seeing friends and family are the building blocks of healthy and happy life. So, it's vital that people find ways to keep these going despite the current circumstances.

Many can still leave the house, go into the garden to get some fresh air or soak up the sun by an open window. The more adventurous can try exercising at home, and people are running exercise classes from yoga to Zumba on YouTube or other streaming sites. And remember, you can still catch up with family and friends over video chat, or even a good old-fashioned phone call.

Create a new routine

Building a new routine will help everyone keep going through these trying times. If you are able to, make sure you are going outside (safely) when you can, schedule a call with your family a few times a week, maybe even take up a new hobby. These are things to look forward to, ways to break up the days and weeks.

Pick a handful of habits to focus on, that you can do at different times of day: in the morning, or after lunch for example. You don’t have to do everything every day – a few times a week will suffice. After all, you have plenty of time on your hands at the moment.



Don’t know where to start? Tomo is here to help – this mobile app is your companion to social isolation.

  • Tomo helps you select healthy habits, and schedules them on a regular basis: from once a week to once a month. All of Tomo's habits are Covid-19 and social isolation compatible (it even has a reminder to ‘wash your hands’!)
  • Tomo is a community: take photos of the healthy things you do and share them anonymously with other users. That way Tomo can help everyone keep going together.
  • Tomo is safe and proven to work: it is based on clinical techniques that keep you healthy and happy, and Tomo is delighted to be working with the team at Saga. The app can also help anyone struggling with their mental health in social isolation.
  • Tomo is totally free to use for as long as Covid-19 keeps us all indoors.

Give us a try, download the app here:

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The opinions expressed are those of the author and are not held by Saga unless specifically stated.

The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.

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Gus Booth-Clibborn, Tomo

07 Apr 2020

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