Protecting Your Mental Health During the Coronavirus Outbreak

protecting your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak

Corona Virus has become a genuine concern for people all across the planet and it has taken the world by storm. Though researchers are working day and night to find a cure, self-quarantine and social distancing are being implemented as the only preventive measure for the time being.

This isolation and sudden change in routine has created a drastic impact on the lives of many people. The fear associated with this outbreak and media alone are causing panic, fear and anxiety in the lives of many people.

During this quarantine period, it is important to maintain a steady state of mind so we can all go through this period of distress in a more efficient way. Let’s take a look at a few strategies that can help us maintain our mental health during this self-isolation.

1. Limit your Media Intake

Staying home all day and experiencing the adversity caused by Covid-19 via the news will only increase your fear. Reading lots of news about the Corona Virus will only make our anxiety spiral out of control.

There is lots of misinformation going around on the internet, so limit the time you spend watching such news and only get time to time updates from government or trusted websites

2. Stay Connected

If used in the right way, social media can prove to be a great tool that can help us go through this epidemic. Stay in touch with your friends and loved ones. Also, see how this quarantine has given you a chance to be with your family and loved ones.

Use this isolation period to acknowledge your family and increase your bonds with them. If you like playing videogames, try playing multiplayer with your friends online so you can still have a great time from the comfort of your home.

3. Bring Variety Into your routine

Most of us are digital nomads and this quarantine has further reinforced our digital usage. Waking up and spending all your day on Netflix and social media can cause agitation, even burnout for many people.

Try to incorporate a variety of different tasks into your routine such as doing home workouts, reading books, daily showers to maintain hygiene and stay clean or even take part in cleaning your room and explore other aspects of your life that you’ve been meaning to work on.

4. Utilize this time

See this as an opportunity to start working on the project you’ve been thinking about all this time. Try learning new skills in the meantime. Start reading books or take online courses to develop yourself.

Focus on the positives of this situation and how you’ve been given a chance. Use this opportunity to polish yourself where you lack and notice how this period of quarantine has given you a chance to improve yourself. Keep active and maintain yourself.

5. Don’t let the negativity overtake you

Try to stay occupied and not overthink this situation too much. Anticipate beforehand that you will experience some mental health concerns due to an extended period of isolation and inactivity. You will experience some sort of life-dissatisfaction and it’s normal.

Understand that the scientists are working day and night to develop a cure and in many countries, this outbreak has been dealt with in an effective manner. China has recovered greatly from this epidemic and so will other countries with time.

The Takeaway

This quarantine period is for our safety and scientists from all over the world are working extensively to make sure it lifts soon. In the meantime, using the strategies above will help you keep your mental health in check and stay hopeful during these distressful times.

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