Quarantine is going on in most of parts of the world. It is for our safety, agreed. It helps in preventing mass infections, agreed but it can also lead to a mental health crisis for most of us. Many domestic abuse victims, queer individuals, people with abusive landlords are stuck at their homes or places that provide them stress instead of comfort. Humans are social creatures, abusive or healthy, whatever environment you have right now will cause you to stress as you are unable to meet and go out. Many of us are working from home. It is not easy to work from home as it seems.
Mental Health in the times of Quarantine
Mental Health is at risk for most of us. This is the worst time for those who already have mental health issues. Therapists could be overwhelmed by taking therapy calls. Most of the people feel trapped in the places they are currently in. Fear of catching a disease also makes one mentally vulnerable and stressed.
Many people use going out as a coping mechanism. Some of the coping mechanisms to deal with quarantine include-
- Understanding its temporary.
- Planning escapes once it is over (in case you are an abuse victim).
- Doing a hobby that you love.
- Playing and spending time with pets.
- Writing your feelings (don’t forget to destroy them if you have privacy issues)
- Keeping yourself healthy
- Maintaining emotional composure.
- Staying in touch with emotionally supportive people.
Another way of having mental peace is journaling or the coping mechanisms that you use for yourself and can use them during the quarantine. However, it cannot replace therapy. Seek therapy if you can afford and your therapist available.
Physical Health in the times of Quarantine
We all are home, we all are going to stay at home for a significant amount of time. This virus outbreak is a harm to our physical health too. Ensure that you are sanitized, your surroundings are clean, your family and you follow good hygiene.
It is also a good time to exercise. It releases endorphins which will be good for your health. WHO recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity of physical activity per week. Walking around the house and doing light exercise can help.
Also stay hydrated and eat healthy to maintain good health. Take your medications on time.
Physical distancing but social bonding
Remember, not to hoard things. Think about it. If you will hoard things how will others survive? It is a collective responsibility that there is enough for others. We should also ensure that others do not get infected if you are showing any symptoms.
one should follow self-quarantine wisely to ensure public health safety and get tests done in the case of doubts. Employers should ensure paid leaves to employees for the sake of their health. Giving your maids, servants paid leaves is a moral responsibility.
Try to stay in touch with people who need you. Stay connected with your workers especially from poor backgrounds so that they can contact you for seeking help and support.
That’s all for today folks. See you at the end of quarantine.