With the ongoing measures taken by every state across the country in order to stop the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, quarantine and “social distancing” have now become the new norm.
While measures like social distancing and quarantine (potentially lasting for weeks) are deemed necessary, the implications for people’s mental well-being cannot be overlooked. Establishing new routines, hobbies and communication methods are many ways of preserving your mental health at home. Here are some useful tips:
- Create daily routines and goals: Re-organize your clothing, do a home repair project, shower before you sleep, even tune-up your wheelchair! Making a to-do of all the things you want to achieve each day isn’t just productive, it also helps create a sense of normalcy.
- Take care of your body: From eating healthy foods to getting plenty of sleep and daily exercise, actions like these can help maintain a healthy body and a healthy mind. This also includes deep-breathing exercises and practicing meditation.
- Stay connected through technology: Make the most of your devices and stay in touch with friends, family and colleagues using your phone or computer. Phone calls, text messaging, social media and video conferencing are all perfect examples. Consider even doing “virtual meetups” using group video conferencing tools: catch-up with friends over wine using Skype, or have a coffee break with a co-worker using Facetime.
- Limit media exposure: We’re in an age where information is everywhere, both legitimate and false. Stay informed about the situation through reliable sources, but limit your news and social media intake to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
- Prepare medical supplies: In the unlikely event you happen to feel sick, make sure you’re properly stocked up with essential medicines. Ask your doctor for extended prescription supplies too.
- Fight boredom: Make the most of your time and catch up on TV series, watch movies, read books and explore other projects such as learning a new hobby or taking free online courses. Beat boredom by staying mentally active.
If you would like more information about the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak, visit:
NYC.gov Health: www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/coronavirus.page