5 Ways to Keep Up Mental Well-being During Home Quarantine
Are you providing care to a person with COVID-19 or caring for yourself at home after experiencing symptoms similar to the coronavirus? And how many times have you googled the symptoms of COVID-19 and then jumped from one article to another? Well, home quarantine plays an important role in preventing the spread but it can make us feel lonely and isolated while daily headlines and social media timelines increase stress and anxiety with worrisome news updates.
The isolation imposed by home quarantine while reducing the spread is taking a toll on people’s mental health across the globe. Home quarantine with no certainty of what will happen next is leaving people in perpetual anxiety. Not only this, it is also giving rise to physical symptoms like poor sleep, poor cardiovascular health, lower immunity, depressive symptoms, and impaired executive function like facing difficulty to focus, managing emotions, remembering information as well as following directions.
While it is natural to feel anxious, stressful and worry about the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers suggest some ways to cope up with the negative mental health. Read on to know more about the measures you can take to keep a check on your mental health and of those around you:
Stick to a daily routine
With work from home in the picture, a lot of people have been experiencing disruption in daily routine due to blurred lines between personal and professional lives. This can leave you feeling exhausted and directionless. Well, the first step is to plan out activities in advance and make sure to take regular breaks in between to beat the heat of deadlines. If you are recovering from COVID-19 or are a caregiver, make sure to give yourself proper rest and keep your well-being as a top priority.
Make physical activity a must
Did you know that even short periods of physical inactivity can impact both mental and physical health? Well, a recent study found out that around two weeks of physical inactivity could lead to reductions in muscle mass and metabolic effects. Try including at least 15 minutes of at-home exercise by watching exercise videos, downloading fitness training apps or even join online workout sessions to improve your metabolism and enhance mental well-being. Furthermore, you can also try positions of self-proning to keep a check on your oxygen levels while at home. Make sure you consult your physician before trying a new workout or exercise program.
Stay informed but don’t overwhelm yourself
Staying on top of what's happening in the world could help you feel in control but make sure it is not affecting your mental well-being. Long hours of scrolling through social media updates and news headlines while under home quarantine can make you feel anxious, isolated and stressed. Make sure you filter your consumption of information and try switching off email notifications among other things that trigger your anxiety.
Communication is key
Staying in touch with people when under home quarantine not only minimizes boredom but also helps in reducing the feeling of isolation. Stay connected with your friends and family via text or call and keep a check on their well-being. Reaching out to others going through the same situation can make you feel connected and could be a source of coping up with the recovery.
Keep your surroundings organised and disinfected
If you’ve been advised home quarantine, make sure to declutter the space around you to stay calm and organised, be it arranging clothes, books, kitchen cabinet or making your bed. Also, if you are recovering from COVID-19 or are a caregiver, disinfect frequently touched surfaces like doorknobs, switches, electronics and handles regularly to prevent the spread.
By: Navreet Kaur | on 2021-05-03