Due to the raging coronavirus pandemic, Americans are encouraged more than ever to stay at home and practice social distancing and self-quarantine. Now, emerging research is showing that prolonged measures may take a toll on your psychological and mental health.
Psychological Impact of Quarantine
Because of the coronavirus, people are encouraged to isolate themselves and stay at home, with non-essential businesses, offices and schools closed down in order to make sure that everyone has no reason to go outside, save for getting essentials. And while such measures are necessary during this time of pandemic, emerging research (as well some previous ones) found that during the quarantine, psychological symptoms such as depression, stress, low mood, irritability, insomnia, exhaustion and anger are more likely to be experienced by people. In fact, involuntary quarantine caused much more stress than voluntary quarantine.
So what do you do during these times when there’s no choice but to stay inside? Here are some simple solutions:
For those who are stressed about the duration of the quarantine, creating a daily routine that provides a sense of structure can help you go through each day. Try to keep it as close to working as possible, but don’t forget to take regular breaks throughout the day. A nighttime meditation may also come in handy to end the day with a more relaxed mind.
Fear of Infection
One other thing that can stress is uncertainty, such as whether someone we know is infected by the virus. To help remedy this, educate yourself about the current information that we have about the pandemic. However, don’t spend too much time on social media, and refrain from checking the news or going online before you sleep.
This is one that can be easily remedied since you can fix it by scheduling activities, trying new things, learning a new hobby or getting physical exercise daily. Don’t forget to connect with friends and family online, however.
The fear of running out of things you need is common, so make sure that you have stocked up properly. This means there will be enough for you, with room to be generous in case someone else needs help.