Maintaining Your Mental Health During Quarantine

COVID-19 is continuing to affect our lives, and with drastically different lifestyles, our mental health will be affected easily. Here are a few tips recommended by credible mental health organizations and experts to protect your mental health during these times.

  1. Follow a daily routine
    1. Try to go about your day as you would during regular times and follow practices that you normally would such as getting dressed properly, prioritizing sleep, and eating healthy
  2. Manage news consumption
    1. Hearing about new information regarding COVID-19 can be harmful to our mental health since it can build up worry due to the uncertainty of the situation
    2. Read about the news rather than watching television channels to have more control over how much and which information you are learning
  3. Exercise
    1. Exercising has been known to reduce stress and anxiety levels
    2. Stretch during your breaks, do cardiovascular exercises, anything to stay moving and active throughout the day
  4. Go Outside
    1. It’s easy to stay inside the house all day, taking Zoom calls on your chair and binge-watching on the couch, but going outside and breathing fresh air has calming effects that can’t be replicated inside the house.
  5. Stay Connected
    1. We may be far apart from the friends, loved ones, and co-workers that we used to see frequently, but maintaining these connections via social media, texting, and calling will allow us to feel more secure and loved.
    2. Offer support to those that may be suffering more than others. Reach out to those that are more isolated. Compassion during trying times is rewarding to the mind and a simple way to foster a positive community.

While these tips will help you stay healthy, managing stress, fear, and anxiety due to these uncertain times can be difficult.
Nearly every age group is dramatically affected by the impacts of COVID-19.
Students may be worried about their activities being canceled, plans for college, and college admissions.
Adults may be worried about their jobs and caring for their children.
We may all be worried about the health of ourselves and our loved ones.
It’s easy for disappointment and fear to creep up into our minds.
We may imagine the worst possible situations due to the uncertain nature of the situation.
What’s important is to learn the techniques to stay calm and regain peace during difficult times. Here a few tips to recover from stress or anxiety:

Staying Calm During an Outbreak
  1. Mindfulness and Meditation
    1. Remind yourself of what’s occurring in the present.
    2. Meditation and breathing exercises allows us to focus on the present and regain awareness that whatever negative scenarios we may be worried about are not happening in the moment. In the moment, we are simply breathing and focusing on ourselves.
  2. Listen to calming music
  3. Remember that the quarantine is temporary
    1. Social distancing is being put in place for our own good, and the quarantine will eventually be lifted. We will eventually see our friends again, and life will continue.
  4. Tips to reduce overthinking and worrying
    1. A common technique to reducing anxiety is to name five things in the room to slowly come back to the present
  5. Stay Connected
    1. We may be far apart from the friends, loved ones, and co-workers that we used to see frequently, but maintaining these connections via social media, texting, and calling will allow us to feel more secure and loved.
    2. Offer support to those that may be suffering more than others. Reach out to those that are more isolated. Compassion during trying times is rewarding to the mind and a simple way to foster a positive community.
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