With everything going on in the world right now, everyone is stuck at home – either with their family, friends and some even alone. In all cases, being in quarantine for a long period of time can prove to be irritating and dangerous to mental health and hinder a person’s peace of mind. Therefore, it is utterly important to be self-aware, and to make time for yourself in the midst of this world tragedy – to be sane, to be calm. Go through our article where we tell you how to practice self-care during these harsh times in quarantine.
It’s been proven that a period of just two weeks in quarantine can be linked with serious mental health issues, which include:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms
Some of these may also have long-lasting effects. That’s why you should check in with yourself regularly. If you have a pre-existing mental health condition, make sure you continue your treatment and check-in with your doctor, keep them updated if symptoms change or worsen. More than ever, self-care should be at the forefront of your mind in times like these.
It’s common and totally normal to feel afraid and stressed in times of a pandemic or outbreak. But taking time to step away from all that and focusing on yourself can help ease those feelings.
Make time for things that make you happy. Give some time to reading, writing, knitting, decluttering, painting, meditating or doing yoga or whatever you enjoy. If you like to cook, plan out your next few days of meals and cook your favorite dishes for yourself and everyone in your house using what you have on hand. This will also challenge your creativity and help you fight any boredom.
Doing something with your hands can be a great relief during a time like this. Just remember to practice frequent handwashing!
When you’re stuck in your house, take time to move around a little. There are a number of exercises you can do right at home. Exercise of any kind helps boost and support your immune system. It’s also a great tool for managing anxiety and stress and will help you pass time through the day.
Mindfulness, which can be well-defined as present moment awareness, has been growing in popularity more and more each year, and now is a great time to try it out on yourself. Just 5 minutes of meditation each day can help you reset your mind and your perspective. Meditation and breathing exercises can help to slow your heart rate down and help you clear your mind. When practiced regularly, it can reduce the effects of stress, which helps support your immune system.
But you don’t have to be “mindful” in a meditative way if it doesn’t appeal to you. Taking a bath or reading a book, staying off social media during these times can help to clear your mind and relax.
- Practice breathing exercises, focusing on each inhale and exhale
- Eat healthy meals, savor each bite
- Meditate on a positive word (relaxation, ease or calm) or an image or thought that makes you happy
- Connect to an old friend via phone
- Take a bath, notice the warm temperature and its effects on muscle tension releasing
Give The News Channel A Break
Taking breaks from the news and social media helps distance yourself, from what’s going on and avoid getting overwhelmed. When you’re spending time doing other activities, you’re automatically taking yourself away from the barrage of news and social media that can be hard to avoid. When you are practicing self-care, consider not posting it to your social media accounts to really embrace giving yourself a break from these platforms. It will feel really free and yet empowering.
Taking these steps to practice some self-care will help to pass the time, and will make you feel like you’ve done something productive with it. Seeking reliable, up to date, and correct information can help to avoid feeling overwhelmed by all of the information that’s out there. Also, by seeking reliable information from trusted sources, you will feel well-informed and less anxious.
Remind Yourself Why It Is How It Is
Remind yourself why you are under isolation or quarantine. It’s to keep not only ourselves safe but our older neighbors down the street, our parents and others we care about who may be extra vulnerable in these difficult times.
Give yourself appreciation for doing such an honorable and selfless act, and keep your mind busy as much as possible. We wish you all the safety and peace of mind in these dark times, may this time be gentle on each and every one of us.