BBC Radio Tees has released The Self-Isolation Podcast. Hosted twice a week by north-eastern BBC journalist Adam Clarkson and local actress Jess Daley, the podcast is full of your self-isolation life hacks, professional advice and light relief to help you through this challenging time.

Now live on BBC Sounds, episode one introduces Adam and Jess’s own situations and provides eye-opening insights into how different people are approaching the new but necessary limitations on their personal freedom. Episode two, ‘Pretend it’s Christmas’, is also live today via this link.

As well as hearing from professionals who offer suggestions for maintaining physical and mental health, the podcast series will share perspectives and advice from contributors all over the country. Listeners are invited to send in voice notes to document their challenges, as well as sharing their stay-at-home life hacks.

Whilst Ben in Walsall works from home in his suit to maintain a sense of normality and productivity, Emily in East Finchley is keeping occupied by writing a play.

Psychologist Emma Kenny also offers advice for maintaining your mental health at this time, including the importance of scheduling, collaboration and setting aside time for creativity.

Speaking about sharing a space with other people, Kenny says: “Create a daily timetable and schedule within that timetable. Work, opportunities for creativity such as doing crafts or puzzles, organising cooking together, collaborate over chores and mark down each and every activity so that, together, you feel a unit. (If you do this) You will reduce the temptation to get angry with each other.”

Episode two is now available via BBC Sounds & BBC Radio Tees:

You can listen to the first episode below via BBC Sounds:

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