According to multiple sources, up to two-thirds of the country could be in self-quarantine by mid-April due to the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 cases. For most of us, being in quarantine is a new experience and our mental health care can be declining. We’ve never known a life of strictly working from home, only going out for groceries, and not being able to visit friends or family.
So what is there to do- when you’re sitting at home, peering through your window, thinking about life that once was? Binge watching Netflix and scrolling through social media is not great for your mental health... so as we adjust to this new reality, here are a few ideas of what you can do to keep busy and keep to a routine while you’re under quarantine.
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Ask yourself these three questions before you starting the day:
As humans, emotional health is an essential part of our overall well-being. According to Time Magazine, isolation could have a physical impact on your heart health. There are extensive psychology and health studies suggesting strategies to combat isolation and loneliness.
What are the 3 things you want to accomplish by the end of the day? Write these down.
What are the 2 things that make you happy today?
Who should you call or text to check on?
1. Try Yoga, Stretch Out Those Muscles
During this time, it's normal to be feeling more stressed than usual. Staying at home and being confined to your space can be difficult. Starting your day off with yoga has multiple benefits such as decreasing stress, relieving anxiety, promoting better sleep quality, and increasing strength. There are multiple online yoga classes you can stream right from your phone:
Keeping a clean and tidy workspace is very important when it comes to productivity. Clutter oftentimes causes stress (even if you don't initially realize it)- and who needs more stress right now? Taking a few minutes to put papers away and throw away trash from the day before has numerous benefits such as:
Better use of time
3. Have Daily Video Chat With 2 People, And Rotate Them
Research show social interaction really improve our health and well-beings. But too much of it could also causes stress, especially for some of us who are introvert. Keep your daily interactions at an optimal level is key.
Many of us are missing family and friends during this time. And while we have to socially distance ourselves physically, it doesn’t mean you can’t still FaceTime and call your loved ones! Staying connected is especially important to maintain your relationships and it also greatly benefits your mental health by getting you out of your headspace. Use these apps and softwares to make staying in touch easier:
4. Check Out That Restaurant Wish List, They May Have A Discount
By using a take out delivery app, you can still get take-out from your favorite restaurants. Many restaurants are now offering great deals. Below, you can find a list of apps you can use to get affordable delivery:
Seamless- special offers every day from 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Grubhub- special offers every day from 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Uber Eats- you get a $0 Delivery Fee on any order from a local restaurant
Hey, there’s a lot going on. And all of this is new…. To everyone. So it’s okay if you’re not feeling “up to it” or motivated. But, if you’re having a hard time dealing with everything that’s happening and feeling sad, worried, or anxious, you may want to reflect and journal how you’re feeling.
You can also reflect on the positive things that have happened this year; what have you accomplished? What goals have you reached? What are some goals you’ll be looking to accomplish in the future?
Finding entertainment during a time like this could be tricky. Your desire to just leave the house becomes stronger and you’ve already scrolled through Instagram 50 times for the past couple hours. But now, you can “walk” through a museum on your computer, like The Met, or even go for a ride at Disney World for free from the comfort of your couch!
Listening to a sermon helps you stay connected and hopeful in a higher being that you may believe in. It may bring you peace and remind you of your beliefs. Meditating is also a great form of stress release that may help you:
Promote emotional health
Enhance self awareness
You're Helping The Community By Staying Home
By staying home, you're helping to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Isolation and quarantine are big factors in terms of starving out the disease. Reducing the movement of people has a great effect in reducing those getting infected and is collective effort of everyone in the United States.
While this may be difficult and stressful, preventing the spread is necessary and is the only way we can hopefully go back to our way of normal. The Centers of Disease Control has updated information regarding the spread of COVID-19.