In the midst of fears surrounding the Coronavirus Pandemic, there are new worries concerning social distancing. How do we, especially those of us struggling with depression and anxiety, survive a quarantine and social distancing?
Keep a daily routine as much as possible: write down a list if it helps, following a routine is one way to keep the brain centred and still feel like you’ve achieved something. (Even waking up, eating and sleeping at a regular time is an accomplishment.)
Talk to friends and family! Send text messages and videos, skype with friends and family if you particularly suffer with isolation. Talking about your fears with people who care might help to alleviate them – there are still free online and phone services that you can call if needed. Alternatively, if discussing your fears will make it worse, DON’T.
Exercise releases serotonin which can put you in a good mood – it’s also a good way to stay healthy. You don’t need to buy equipment (especially because of the current financial instability) but you can research ten-minute videos, or simply meditate.
Eight hours of sleep is always recommended. Try to make sure you get enough sleep every night but don’t over do it – it may be tempting but there are alternatives, such as tip 5 and 6!
Work is a disputed topic. Some people legitimately need to work from home – you’re not isolated in your worries about paying bills. That said, social media will encourage people to develop “side-hustles” and new sources of work. Don’t feel pressured to do so! In the current climate, relaxing from work may be the best thing for your mental health.
Are there any interests you’ve been putting aside because of work, university or other commitments? Read the books collecting dust in your house, start writing the poems or scripts you’ve put off, finally watch the shows on your to-do-list, clean out your cupboards, start baking, take up drawing. Don’t feel guilty about taking time for yourself. Hobbies are for entertainment and self-fulfilment; they don’t need to make you money.
If you are prone or worrying and stress, try to take some time for yourself. Meditation, writing, watching videos or listening to audiobooks, music and podcasts can go away towards relaxing.
8. Social media:
Again, the benefits of social media might outweigh the negatives for you. There are dozens of self-help threads and kind-hearted strangers willing to devote time talking to people over skype and offering words of encouragement. If this is something you need, go for it! Alternatively, maybe a social-media detox from might alleviate your stress.
There are millions of people with health-conditions that may suffer as a result of quarantine. The NHS and health-care services are struggling, but contact your Doctor, therapist, counsellor and all the other brilliant professionals to discuss these concerns.
Being stuck indoors with family and friends can be difficult at time – especially if fears and tensions rise. We recognise that not everyone has great relationships with the people they live with. Schedule time apart, talk to other friends and family members over the phone, and remember to take time for yourself if needed.
Remember that everyone is human and struggles. There is no shame in reaching out – family, friends, and even strangers, will band together in moments like these. Try to see the best in people rather than the worst. Ultimately, your self-care and well-being are the most important thing.
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