How to safeguard your mental health during quarantine

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We’re naturally wired to be social creatures. Throughout history, survival rates were higher when we stuck together, just like elephants still do today. Connecting with our fellow beings has been the norm, and we have led lives that thrived on these interactions. Until 2020, that is.

In March 2020, a tiny, spiky particle named Corona (or COVID-19) disrupted the world. It turned our lives upside down, forcing us into isolation. We were asked to stay two metres apart, wear masks, and avoid physical contact. In the worst cases, we had to quarantine. Countries went into lockdown for months, cutting us off from the connections we craved.

Now, over two years later, we’ve adjusted to this new normal, but the transition hasn’t been easy. We’ve had to find new ways to maintain our well-being during quarantine. Let’s explore some options for the next time you’re asked to quarantine.

  1. Create a schedule.
    • Maintain a Routine: Your routine got disrupted, and now you have the opportunity to build a new one. A well-structured day can provide stability and a sense of normalcy.
    • Morning Routine: Set your alarm and wake up at a specific time, just like before. Use this time for self-care, like reading or listening to podcasts. A consistent morning routine can help you feel grounded.
    • Get Fresh Air: Open your windows, breathe in fresh air, and spend some time outdoors if you have a deck or balcony. Ventilation is essential for overall health, and sunshine can uplift your spirits.
  2. Stay active and exercise.
    • Move Your Body: If you’re in quarantine but not sick, find ways to keep moving. Exercise releases dopamine and helps combat inactivity and stress. Try simple exercises like crunches, sit-ups, push-ups, and lunges.
    • Continuous Training: Athletes and sports enthusiasts can adapt their training routines at home. Consult with coaches and authorities to ensure you can maintain your performance.
  3. Virtually Connect
    • Virtual Hangouts: Virtual platforms have made connecting with loved ones easier. While it’s not the same as in-person meetings, seeing familiar faces and chatting can help alleviate the feeling of isolation.
  4. Learn new skills.
    • Skill-building: Use this time to learn new skills. The world is changing rapidly, and acquiring new knowledge can prepare you for the evolving future. Explore online courses and conferences to enhance your expertise.
  5. Stay informed (but not overwhelmed).
    • Access Reliable Information: Stay updated on safety measures and current events. However, be cautious not to expose yourself to excessive negative information, as it can be detrimental to your mental health.
  6. Practice Mindfulness
    • Self-Reflection: Take some time to reflect on who you are, your priorities, and your response to the global experience. You don’t need to meditate, but self-reflection and practices like journaling can help you process this unique period.
  7. Reach out for support.
    • Don’t Go It Alone: Adjusting to the COVID-19 world can be challenging, and it’s okay to seek help. Telehealth services and online support are available to assist you during these times.

Remember, the key is to focus on what you can control rather than what you can’t. COVID-19 has brought uncertainty and disruption, but taking time to understand your feelings and reaching out for support when needed goes a long way. If you ever need assistance or someone to talk to, we’re here for you at Light Mind Counselling & Psychology. Your well-being matters, and we’re here to support you in your journey.

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