Keeping It Together During Quarantine
We are certainly living in strange times.
None of this was expected.
In the midst of a crisis such as this, it is easy to forget about your mental health. But in reality, you are probably under more stress than ever before, and actions to promote positive mental health are more important than ever.
In addition, studies show that staying confined in the same place with the same people creates conflict, anger, and stress. However, this has become the new normal, and probably will be for the foreseeable future.
Over time, putting our mental health on the back burner is one of the worst things you can do in a crisis like this. We put together some actions that you can do to promote positive mental health. Here are 7 tips for improving your mental health during this coronavirus quarantine.
1. Reframe the situation with a new perspective.
It is easy to view quarantine with the following thoughts: “I’m locked inside”; “I’m stuck with the same people for weeks”; “Now I can’t do that.” All of these are valid thoughts, but simply changing the way you think about this situation can completely change your outlook on quarantine. Reframe your thoughts to take a more positive outlook: “I now have time to focus on my home and self”; “I now have time to invest in my family”; “I may not be able to do that, but now I can do this.”
2. Take breaks from the news and social media.
It is important to stay updated on the latest facts from health officials on the coronavirus. However, constant exposure to media outlets can be overwhelming, leading to increased anxiety and worry. This is especially true right before bed. Negative emotions at night can significantly reduce sleep quality. Be sure to manage and regulate the amount of time you are spending on Facebook and watching the news each day.
3. Virtually reach out to family and friends.
Now is a perfect opportunity to call your mom or college best friend. Even better, contact that cousin or old friend that you haven’t spoken to in a while. Interactions with someone other than the ones locked in your house with you can be extremely beneficial. Not only is human interaction healthy, but reconnecting with people that matter to you reduces feelings of isolation and loneliness.
4. Set goals for your quarantine.
Many people will look back at this quarantine wishing they would have been more intentional about how they used their time. Setting goals is a great way to ensure you are staying productive. You can start by setting one small goal each day. Ask yourself, “What’s one thing I can do today that I will be glad I did in the future?” Accomplishing a goal, no matter how small, creates serotonin and dopamine in the brain. This will leave you more feeling better and more productive.
5. Do something relaxing.
This looks different for everyone. This could mean taking a bath, going on a run, picking up a good book, making a pie, or listening to a podcast. Doing something you enjoy gives your brain a much-needed break. Try to work in a relaxing activity into your schedule at least once a day.
6. Clean, clean, clean.
A scattered home can lead to a scattered mind. The more organized your living space is, the more organized your life will feel. Cleaning has a positive effect on our mental health by helping us gain a sense of control. In an environment that seems like everything is out of our control, cleaning gives a sense of empowerment and is a great way to calm anxieties and minimize stresses.
7. Utilize Alta’s telehealth services if needed.
All of our services are still available by way of telehealth (including telephone and videoconferencing). If you ever need anything, our staff would love to be there to help you through whatever you are going through. Don’t be afraid to contact us at 330-793-2487.