Many people are anxious and stressed about the possibility of staying at home indefinitely. If this is your case, read the suggestions below:
1. Keep your usual routine
Keep doing the things you used to do as much as possible. Wake up at your usual time, follow your morning hygiene routine, get dressed and eat your meals on time. If possible, work from home.
2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Don’t let this new reality make you feel desperate. Try to calm down and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Talk about what worries you. You will feel calmer and safer if you do so.
3. Keep in touch with friends and family
We are social beings, therefore, we need to keep in touch with the people we love as much as possible. Talking to people you care about and trust is one of the best ways to reduce anxiety, loneliness or boredom during isolation. It will help you keep calm.
4. Perform activities that you will enjoy and that help you to relax
Enjoy your free time by reading a book, listening to some music and (re)watching films, series or your favourite TV programmes. Get busy by doing things that will give you pleasure and tranquility, such as gardening.
5. Stay hopeful and confident
Although the news is alarming, there is also information about patients who were infected with the new coronavirus and have already been cured.
6. Keep a healthy lifestyle
If you have to stay at home, keep a healthy lifestyle. Eat a balanced diet, have adequate periods of sleep and exercise. Also, avoid bad habits such as smoking and consuming alcohol or drugs as a way to deal with your emotions.
7. Be critical of the information you consume
Try to keep up to date with what is going on, but do not believe everything you read or hear, let alone everything you see on social media. Be critical of the information you consume and limit exposure to news that may increase your anxiety and concern, as is the case with the current Covid-19 pandemic.