How to Manage Anxiety and Isolation During Quarantine

Since the outbreak and a worldwide lockdown, people have been stuck in their homes for a very long time. This isolation, uncertainty of future, and information overload have caused many to feel overwhelmed and anxious. Many don’t even realise that they are experiencing panic and anxiety due to this and, if it’s not handled properly can lead to many psychological problems in the future. Here are some tips for you to overcome this:

  1. Rather than seeing this lockdown as a disturbance, take it as an opportunity for you to engage in the things you have been procrastinating for a long time. Divert your mind from the outside world to the inside world and pick up your old hobbies. Doing one productive activity per day can keep you positive and engaged.
  2. Sometimes developing a routine can be comforting for many. Having a set of activities planned for each day keeps the mind alert and engaged and helps avoid thinking about the virus. Keep the routine close to your normal routine so that when you have to make the transition, it’s easier.
  3. Being at home and having minimal physical activity can lead to the body becoming lethargic and then you won’t feel like eating, but it’s very important to take proper care of your health. Take two proper meals in a day and stay hydrated.
  4. Though you feel isolated, with new-age technology it’s easier to connect with your loved one. Communicate with your family and friends and, share your feelings or just catch up with them. With so many new apps now you can have a virtual party or play games with them.
  5. With the News Channels and social media continuously focusing on the situation of COVID 19, it’s impossible to focus on anything else. Choosing a reliable source for your daily dose of news is better than listening to the same story repeated a thousand times. This way you can be up-to-date about the situation and won’t feel panic over small – small stories.
  6. Even though physical movement has been restricted, you can start home fitness exercises. Many fitness apps are available on the Playstore that you can download and start your fitness regime at home. Doing a little bit of yoga or exercise can help the body and mind.
  7. Reach out for help if you need it, there is nothing wrong in asking for assistance. There are crisis lines that you can call and consult from. Many mental health workers have set up telehealth services along with many working in providing online health consultations.

It’s a difficult time for everyone and nobody was prepared for such a thing or had any experience in this kind of situation, therefore it is normal to feel panic and anxiety. But managing that anxiety is very important, be it by any of the means mentioned above. Letting go of illusions of control and finding peace in the fact that you are doing your part to “flatten the curve” will certainly build mental strength to combat the stressful situation the whole globe is experiencing.

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