It has been more than two months since we are quarantining ourselves at home to prevent the spread of this contagious virus. However, among those who no longer exist among us, there are people who didn’t die due to this fatal disease but by taking their own life because they couldn’t cope up with it anymore. No jobs, starvation, and other issues, along with health problems, are taking a toll on mental health, and making people lose their minds. That’s why we decided to share with you some tips that may help you to deal with quarantine frustration effectively.
Many people ask me what to do during this difficult time, how to safeguard mental health during quarantine, and what are the best tips to keep the loved ones safe until this is over. So, this article is for all of you. If you are mentally strong but know someone who is struggling these days, share it with them. We might not be all in the same boat, but we are all in the same storm. Everyone needs to be extra kind in order to keep our family, friends, and community safe and healthy.
Tips For Dealing With Quarantine Frustration
1. Follow A Routine
Before quarantine, you had a routine. You would wake up in the morning and get ready for work. After returning home, you’d spend some quality time with your loved ones, watch your favorite show, and then, after dinner, you’d go to sleep. But what are you doing now? If you are spending half of your day sleeping, and not even completing the assigned tasks for the day, you’ll feel anxious.
Establish a routine. Wake up early in the morning. Do some workout to keep yourself healthy. As nowadays most of the employees are working from home, don’t procrastinate and get your work done, as early as possible. Structure your time much like a regular workday. You can spend the other half of your day with your family. You may also watch your favorite web series again to refresh your old memories. Book reading, cooking, painting, sketching are all good options to entertain yourself.
2. Connect With Your Friends
You don’t need to meet your friends to stay in touch with them. You can connect with them through video calls, phone, or text. Not only will it stave off boredom, but it’s a good way to keep yourself updated whether your friends are doing fine, or do they need your help in any way. During this difficult time, everyone needs to be a little more cautious. Keep a check on your loved ones. Tell them that this time too shall pass, and we’ll be together again.
Moreover, when we communicate with people who are facing the same circumstances, it gives a sense of community and motivation to do better. If you are worried because you don’t have friends, there are solutions to this as well. You can join a support group or discussion board created specifically for people who are in quarantine.
3. This Will End Too
How many difficult times have you gone through in life? You are still standing. You are still alive. It proofs that things change, circumstances change, and time doesn’t remain the same. Whenever you feel infuriating, remind yourself that this dark phase will end soon. You’ll be able to hug your beloved people, go to your favorite place, sit on front porch steps with your neighbors, and have a big family get together. But for now, you have to be patient and clear up your mind of negative thoughts. Trust me that we’ll get through this together.
4. Not Everything You See On The Internet Is True
Keeping yourself updated about the ongoing situation is fine, but don’t go too far and trust every report you see. The reason is that just because it’s on the news doesn’t mean it’s going to be accurate too.
When we watch channels that focus on overly negative and misleading information, we tend to panic and experience greater anxiety. Get updates from trusted sources only. Concentrate more on getting helpful information like the health and safety precautions from professionals, rather than watching news 24/7.
5. Get Professional Help
Just because you can’t leave your home doesn’t mean you can’t get help. Telehealth services allow people to talk to doctors online and speak with professional therapists by phone, text, and video calls. If you have a preexisting mental health condition, you must continue your treatment and ask your therapist to stay in contact with you. Things are advanced now. There are numerous ways to find professional support. You only need to reach out to the right person who can help you with whatever you’re dealing with.
Take good care of yourself and your loved ones.