You Matter During This Time of Crisis
There may be times when you feel frustrated and you no longer want to be socially isolated in your home. You may feel as if you’re not being productive. It is good to remember that you are doing this for a good cause. You are minimizing the chance of catching the virus, and even unknowingly spreading it to others. Staying at home will help flatten the curve. This means that you are helping prevent the number of sick people in hospitals from rising. A quick rise in COVID-19 patients can lead to hospitals and health care workers becoming overwhelmed and unable to treat all the patients equally. Reminding yourself that you are socially isolating to save lives should help you get through this difficult moment!
Quarantine Can Affect Your Mental Health
Social distancing and quarantine can be stressful and it is normal to feel upset. You may feel lonely, sad, anxious, and angry. The thought that you have no control over the situation can also occupy your mind.
Here is a list of emotions that could be experienced while in social isolation:
The following is a list of symptoms of poor mental health. Keep an eye out for them!
- Changes in eating patterns
- Difficulty sleeping and concentrating
- Worsening in chronic health and mental health conditions
- Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
How to Care For Your Mental Health
Everyone copes with difficulties differently. These are some factors can play a role:
- Your current mental health
- How you deal with stress
- Your personality
- The amount of time you have been in quarantine
- Keeping yourself busy is a good way to keep your mind healthy. There are several fun things you could do! Here are a few:
- Create a routine – make a list of everything you would like to achieve that day. It will help you feel like you are being productive.
- Communicate – if you are in quarantine with other people, have a good conversation with them. Strengthen your relationship! Another option is to call, text, or video chat with others.
- Exercise – follow free workout videos online. You could also go for a run or walk around your neighbourhood
- Find a new hobby – try something new such as cooking, sewing, learning a new language, journaling, and more!
- Eat healthy meals – you could go online and find healthy and easy recipes for you to follow. If you’re not in the mood to cook, you could always support your local restaurants!
You matter during this tough period of time! Remember that you are protecting lots of people by staying indoors. If you or anyone you know are in need of professional help, please do not hesitate to seek help! Stay safe and wash your hands!