The outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected nearly every part of the world. It forced us to drastically change our lifestyle and limit social contacts. Both social distancing and self-isolation are believed to be the most effective measures against the spread of this disease.
Staying at home is essential in protecting yourself and the people around you from the coronavirus infection. However, most of us are not used to self-confining to our homes 24/7. For many people, self-isolation or quarantine is one of the greatest challenges they have ever faced.
Self-isolation and social distancing can trigger stress, anxiety, depression, and feelings of extreme loneliness.
How to spend time in quarantine and what are healthy ways to cope with coronavirus anxiety?
- Make Self-Care a Priority
Regular physical activity, rest, and a healthy diet are vital to wellbeing in general. Nevertheless, during the crisis, such is coronavirus pandemic, self-care, and healthy lifestyles should become your priority.
Research shows that your immune system will be stronger if you are well-rested. Also, physical exercise promotes feelings of wellbeing and protects you against symptoms of anxiety, stress, and depression. Physical activity improves immunity and boosts optimism.
Stay in touch with friends and family. Quarantine doesn’t mean that you should avoid social contact. Use technology and Applications to reach out to close people and talk about your feelings. This will boost your mood and help maintain your mental health.
- Practice Meditation and Relaxation
Mindfulness meditation, yoga, deep breathing, and other relaxation techniques can help calm your mind and body and overcome negative thoughts that provoke anxiety and depression.
In times of increased uncertainty, meditation and relaxation can help you focus on the present, become more aware of your feelings and thoughts, alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression, and boost your resilience.
- Learn New Hobbies
Use this time is self-isolation to do things you have never time for. Take online cooking classes and master your culinary skills. Learn how to draw, paint, or finally read all those books on your reading list.
Relax as much as you can, listen to your favorite music, watch your favorite movies, or do some gardening. Spending time outside will help you relax and gardening is a great way to be active, stay away from viruses, produce something beautiful and healthy (if you’re growing food) and lessen feelings of anxiety. In addition, growing your own veggies and fruits will provide a sense of pride and bring nutritious food at your table.
- Do Something Good
While you can go out and volunteer while in self-isolation, you can donate and help those in need to overcome the crisis more successfully. Your team from Inspired Real Estate Ltd. | Barnard Realty Inc. donated funds to Barbados’ Adopt A Family via First Caribbean, account number 1001193982.
- Travel Virtually
We live in the age of digital technologies that allow us to travel virtually to the most distant places in the world. Being quarantined doesn’t mean that you should stop enjoying the beauty of our planet. Nor that you should stop planning travel ahead. Enjoy virtual tours and save properties from our page or social media you like the most – this is a great way to have something to look forward to once coronavirus pandemic is behind us.