As COVID-19 continues to spread, individuals are highly encouraged, to wear a mask, social distance, and quarantine if exposed to someone with coronavirus. For most of us, being in quarantine is a new experience that can impact our mental health and emotional wellbeing. 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. Unfortunately, until the development of a coronavirus vaccine, social distancing will continue to be the new norm.
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 are 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.
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:
FaceTime (for iOS)
Skype (multiplatofrom video-chat)
Discord (for gamers)
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
DoorDash- $0 delivery fee for orders over $10
5. If your state is in the process of reopening, check out Litty
Being in isolation could take a toll on your physical and mental health, especially for those of us who are extrovert. While restaurants and bars are opening up, many of your friends are still probably out of town.
Not having a support group in a big city like New York, San Francisco, or Los Angeles could be very hard.Littyis a new platform that helps connect you to like-minded friend groups using an AI algorithm that looks at your personalities, music taste, and interests.
Litty is completely free but there is a catch, it is invite-only. You have to apply and they will reach out if you are selected. Get on the waitlist.
On The Weekends....
Saturdays: Visit a Virtual Museum or Theme Park
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. If you go outside, be sure to maintain a distance of 6 feet from others and wear a mask!
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 Center of Disease Control has updated information regarding the spread of COVID-19.