Author: Demetrius Harrison
The Coronavirus is still taking the world by storm, and taking down thousands of casualties on its journey. Even our government officials are urging us to stay indoors since doing so is the best way to tackle its proliferation. While we quarantine ourselves in efforts to save ourselves and our neighbors, the effects of social isolation can lead us to anxiety and depression. Please know that you’re not alone. Look at the world and look at the health of our species – who wouldn’t be depressed during a time like this?
As we adjust to our temporarily new normal of staying away from others, remain mindful that we are larger than this virus – numerically and witfully. Saying this, it’s important to look after your mental health. Don’t sulk, don’t disassociate. Doing so will only make you feel stir-crazy. In the event you begin to feel this way, put on a mask or your best cover-up and take a stroll through the park or your neighborhood. There’s nothing like a breath of fresh air in times of high stress.
Moreover, condition yourself into a healthy remote work/learning dynamic. Keep a schedule, just as if you were going into the office or to school. When you wake up, have a nutritious breakfast, take a shower, change out of your pajamas, and avoid working from your bedroom, couch, or kitchen. Stationing yourself in these areas can make it difficult to mentally shift away from work at the end of the day.
Of course, these aren’t the only approaches you can take in leveling out your mental discomfort during the quarantine.The infographic below describes how social isolation can spiral into greater health issues, how you can alleviate your symptoms of uncertainty, and what mental health resources you can utilize from your home. How are you managing your mental health under quarantine?