Protect your mental health during quarantine
In a situation that would have been unthinkable just months ago, quarantine and social distancing have now become commonplace worldwide as governments make similar efforts to fight the global pandemic. The psychological impact of quarantine can be serious. Therefore, we bring you some important tips on how to look after your wellbeing while staying at home.
In addition to the uncertainty and stress of the global outbreak of the virus, spending time in quarantine can have serious mental consequences. The isolation imposed by quarantine frequently leaves people feeling that they have no control over the situation. They might also feel cut off from the rest of the world and unable to perform their usual duties as schools close and social events are canceled.
Psychology experts warn that mental health concerns could be inflamed by stressors associated with the quarantine, such as infection fears, frustration, boredom, inadequate supplies, lack of information, financial loss or sleeping disorder. Looking after your wellbeing in a quarantine is important not only for people with preexisting mental health concerns, but also those in good psychological health.
Here are some tips from psychology experts on how to protect your mental health during quarantine:
· Stay in touch with others
Staying in touch with others not only staves off boredom, but it is also critical for minimizing the sense of isolation. Communicate with friends and family on phone and reach out to others on social media. Talking to others who are going through the same thing can provide a sense of community and empowerment.
· Create a routine
Change out of your pajamas, shower and make a to-do of all the things you want to achieve each day to create a sense of normality and productivity. You can read our other article on how to study effectively at home.
· Catch up on reading or other hobbies
Use the extra time off to enjoy the things you like doing.
· Go into the garden/take walks if you can
Being in the nature has many benefits on your physical and mental health. If the circumstances allow it, spend some time outside and get some much fresh air as often as you can.
· Combat frustration and boredom
Finding ways to stay occupied is important, so try to maintain as many of your routines as you can. Whether it is watching a new series on Netflix or re-organizing your closet, don’t let frustration take over you.
· Take good care of your body
Eat healthily, get enough vitamins, sleep a lot and exercise daily. You can find several indoor workout classes online, start running or practice meditation at home.
· Focus on the positives
Amplify good news stories and honor caregivers working tirelessly to resolve the situation.
· Help others
If you’re not under strict isolation rules yourself, and you’re able to do so, find ways to support those in need. You can get groceries to the elderly, tutor kids through videocalls or
· Limit media intake
Stay informed about the situation via reliable sources, but do not overwhelm yourself by updating the news or social media newsfeed every hour. Taking a break from the online world is also very important.
· Ask for professional help if you feel like it
If you, or someone you care about, feel overwhelmed with negative emotions, stress or anxiety, call the appropriate institution or hotline in your state.
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· Take one day at a time
Remember: these are temporary measures and you are not alone. We are all in this together! Stay well!