Quarantine, lockdown, and social distancing have caused a lot of changes in our daily lives as of recently. Anxiety, stress, depression, eating disorders and other illnesses can all increase in isolation. Feelings of loneliness or maybe hoplesness can be overwhleming. Being bombarded with negative news, economic hardships, being confined to your home, fears of going outside it can all be overwhleming and frankly difficult.
What should I do?
As many health experts have advice to try to stick to a routine or to establish new routines, something as simple as this can do a lot more than we may imagine. If you’d like to learn more about social distancing and what you can be feeling, follow the link.
Little things like getting up and getting dressed like you would can do a lot to change your attitude towards your day.
Things to do during social distancing:
- Do not work from your bed. Your body and mind associate your bed and bedroom as a place to relax and sleep. Try your kitchen, living room, and patio if you have one.
- Working out. If you are someone who misses working out at a gym or a studio, get creative with alternatives. From going out on a run or a walk, using everyday household items like a gallon of water or milk as weights. To trying out something new like yoga, Zumba, or aerobics.
- Missing date nights. If you are quarantining with a loved one and feel like your relationship is in a rut. You can still have date nights at home.
- Hobbies. Whether you begin new hobbies, or pick up old hobbies they can be very therapeutic. If you think that
- Missing loved ones. Keep in touch with family and friends. Social media and technology can help ease the burden of distance. From Google Hangouts, Zoom video calls, FaceTime, Facebook, email, and even going old school with writing a good old fashion handwritten letters.
- Missing out. Birthdays, graduations, holidays, and anniversaries can make us all sad. Because it is sad. But as cheesy as the saying goes, distance makes the heart grow fonder. And when we can all gather together again we can make sure to show each other how much we care.
Remember social distancing does not restrict your creativeness. If you are having a difficult time, it does not make you weak. It makes you human. Getting help early on is important, because mental health is not like an open wound. It may not seem urgent at first, but it can sneak up on you. Consulting with a professional to help you is a show of strength. Seeking help can be a hard thing. Give us a call if you need someone to talk to, contact us (Embracia Health).