Quarantine during the Covid-19 pandemic has led to feelings
of isolation and an increase in stress for many of us. These feelings are
completely normal and to be expected with such drastic changes occurring around
us. There are many things we can do to reduce stress and cope with the new
normal that has been created with the pandemic.
1. Limit time spent on social media.
With so much false information being spread on social media, it can be difficult to know what to believe and what not to believe. All of this can leave us feeling overwhelmed and bombarded by other people’s viewpoints on the coronavirus and quarantine. Limiting the time spent interacting on social media can help reduce stress levels and allow us to focus on what’s really important- the people right in front of us.
2. Take care of our bodies.
Staying healthy with regular exercise and a balanced diet can reduce stress as well as prepare our bodies if we are exposed to the virus. Exercise increases the endorphins in the body that make us feel more energized and happier, which in turn reduces the amount of stress we feel. Eating unhealthy foods can make us feel sluggish and tired, but fueling our bodies with healthy grains, fruits, vegetables, and lean meats can improve both our physical and mental health.
3. Socialize while practicing social distancing.
Not seeing our friends and family for weeks or even months at a time can take a toll on our mental health. There are ways to socialize while still practicing social distancing, which is the best way to limit the spread of the virus. We can:
- Participate in video chats and phone calls.
- Take socially-distant walks with friends and family.
- Wear masks while we attend religious services, visit stores, and eat at restaurants.
- Get creative with social-distance meetups in parking lots, parks, and other areas where we can spread out while still visiting with our loved ones.
4. Know when it’s time to seek help.
Even after practicing all of these ways to relieve stress, some of us may still experience feelings of hopelessness. Knowing when it’s time to seek help is important. There are many people willing and able to help with the depression and anxiety that can occur during such an uncertain time period. Seeking help from qualified professionals like physicians, mental health providers, and crisis lines are the best way to cope with the stress that is too overwhelming to handle alone.
Remember that feeling stressed during quarantine is normal and that there are ways to relieve stress and adjust to this new normal we are all experiencing.