Tips for Maintaining your Mental Well-Being During COVID-19 Quarantine
Many are familiar with what is going on regarding the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Any individuals who have been exposed to the disease are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to self-quarantine at home for 14 days. In addition, healthy individuals have been told to practice social distancing – staying home to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Staying home, whether for self-quarantine or social distancing, is the right thing to do to help stop the spread of COVID-19. We do understand the effect that this can have on your mental well-being. This is why, with the help from our friends at HR360, we’ve put together tips for maintaining your mental well-being during the COVID-19 quarantine.
1. Stick to a routine.
We know COVID-19 has affected all of our daily routines. Try to maintain as much normalcy as possible with your day. For example, if you’re used to going to the gym every day before work, try and get an at-home workout in before starting your day, even if you can’t physically go to the gym. Many gyms are providing videos of their workouts for people to do each day at home. You can also find and try out new online workouts.
Additionally, if your children are home from school, create a routine for them. This includes virtual learning with their school along with a structured schedule so they know what their expectations are. Try to limit screen time as much as possible and incorporate learning activities throughout the day. Overall, sticking to a routine can help prevent boredom, keep moods lifted, and prevent stress from taking over.
2. Sleep well.
Sleep is part of your routine. Working remotely had the potential to alter that as you may want to go to bed later or sleep later. Try to stick to your normal schedule, if possible.
3. Go outside.
Unless specified by public health officials to say inside, try to go outside throughout the day. Take a walk in your neighborhood. Sit outside in your backyard. Just try to avoid the park or other areas where large groups might gather. When your skin is exposed to the sun, your body makes vitamin D. Many people are vitamin D deficient, so exercising outside can help with that, especially as temperatures start to warm up.
4. Unplug a bit and don’t obsess.
With a 24/7 news cycle, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by watching the news and checking for updates on the situation surrounding COVID-19. It’s important to stay informed, but not obsess. Instead of watching the news all day while at home, check in periodically – once in the morning and once at night.
5. Practice positivity and gratitude.
Take a step back and focus on the positive. Taking five minutes each day to write down things you are grateful for can lower stress levels and create a positive mindset. During a period of quarantine or social distancing, build time into your routine to practice positivity or express gratitude.
Overall, your mental well-being plays a huge role in your health. Make sure it is prioritized. The five suggestions we provided can help maintain your mental well-being during COVID-19 quarantine, however, we want to stress that this should not be considered medical advice.
With this in mind, we want to express the following:
If you have concerns about your mental well-being while you’re in quarantine, please contact your mental health professional or use SAMHSA’s National Helpline by calling 800-662-HELP (4357).
Please note that news and events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic are changing quickly. The information provided in this blog post represents where things stand on the date of publication.