Ways to Improve Mental Wellbeing During Quarantine
Even though day-to-day life doesn’t feel like it used to, there are several things we can do to care for our mental health every day.
Stick to a Routine: It may be tempting to stay in your sweatpants or pajamas all day but getting up at a regular time and changing into ‘regular’ clothes is important. Resist the urge to let personal hygiene fall by the wayside and avoid sleeping too much, as these can contribute to feelings of depression. By sticking to a regular routine – even if it’s not your ‘normal’ routine – you combat feelings of boredom and apathy.
Take Care of Physical Health: Mental and physical health are intertwined, and what we put into our body affects our mental wellbeing. Eating healthy foods, getting the right amount of sleep, and exercising daily are more important now than ever. While we may be in quarantine there are still many healthy and safe activities we can do.
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Limit Screen Time: While it’s important to stay informed, obsessively or continuously watching the news or scrolling through social media is not good for mental health. Selectively access news (including limiting news notifications on your phone) and social media time to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Replace screen time with more calming activities like reading, games, going for a walk, or touching base with loved ones.
Help Others: One of the best ways to get out of our own head is to help others. While our choices may be limited during quarantine, there are still plenty of opportunities to contribute to the community and reach out to others who need extra help. Check-in with friends in your recovery circle, make a regular time and day of the week to speak with your sponsor and look for ways to help others in your community. Even keeping in touch regularly with people over the phone or facetime makes a big difference to their feelings of isolation – and yours.