The social isolation that comes with quarantines and social distancing can take a heavy toll on the mind. Here are practical ways to maintain your mental health during social isolation.
Develop a Routine
Mental health experts believe structuring your day can help prevent depression. It's helpful to write down a schedule for your day and your week. Even planning to have your meals about the same time each day goes a long way toward providing structure. Also, your schedule needs a mix of essentials tasks (like telework and household chores) and fun activities (such as hobbies and calling friends).
Keep in Touch with Friends and Family
Maintaining social connections takes on increased importance when you're stuck at home. Using video calling apps like Face Time and Google Duo is one way to have virtual visits with people outside of your household. You may want to schedule a time to "meet" with several friends or relatives on social media for a group chat.
Exercise is a mood booster. You may be looking for ways to keep up your fitness routine without your access to your gym, aerobics class instructor, or personal trainer. Consider using a fitness app to guide your workouts. Many companies, like Planet Fitness, are offering free online fitness classes for a limited time to help people during the current crisis.
Also, chances are there's a YouTube channel dedicated to your preferred form of exercise. Aerobics, boxing, pilates, and walking are just a sample of what's available.
Work on Your Dream
Do you have a dream project that you usually don't have time for? This is your opportunity to work on your novel, finish knitting the blanket you started in 2018, or master that skill you've wanted to learn.
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