Social distancing is a way to keep people from interacting closely or frequently enough to spread the virus.
Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who may have been exposed to a virus to see if they become sick.
Everyone handles stress differently during these uncertain times. It is common for many people to isolate, quarantine or social distance themselves from others and it may make you feel:
Creating a schedule and sticking to it can help you and your family adjust to your school and home life environment. Get changed in the morning from what you've slept in, even if you change into different pajamas.
When you are studying in your living space, and living in your study space, it can be hard not to separate the two. Try to carve out a separate place to study, and remember to make time for fun things too!
Find a bedtime that works for you, and stick to it! Studies show that sleep can impact your cognition, mood and relationships.
If you are able to go outside and be in nature in a safe distance from others (that is, 6 feet!) - then do it! If not, create your own paradise by playing recordings of birds, trees, or the ocean. Research has shown that going outside is good for our mental and physical health.
Seek out knowledge from those who know the most about the situation and listen to them, be sure to know that the information you are getting is from reputable sources.
While it’s important to stay up to date with current events, it is important to avoid watching, listening or reading the news 24-7.
Speak out about any needs you have, especially if you are quarantined. Inform healthcare professionals of any medications you will need, and work with health officials to find out how you can arrange for groceries and toiletries to be delivered to your home as needed.
Eat healthy and do exercise daily! Fight boredom, stay mentally active, and avoid burnout!
Find tasks to break up your day and change your environment for different activities.
Try not to plan too far in the future, but remember that this is all temporary. Focus on good news stories, and honor those who are working everyday to resolve the issue.
While more countries begin to practice isolation and stress levels are at an all time high, here are some great ways to keep busy:
With isolation, come feelings of loneliness. Stay social and make the most out of technology! Scientists have found that isolation is damaging not only to our mental health, but to our physical health as well - yes, that includes our immune systems too! Thankfully, technology allows us to easily connect with friends, family, peers and colleagues. In addition to our standard texting, emails and old fashion phone calls, here are some common platforms to keep in touch:
Looking to get your friends and family together virtually? Try some of these ideas:
Be social with friends and family by getting together to play a classic game, but virtually! House Party is a great app allowing up to 8 people to play games like Quick Draw, Trivia and Heads Up!
What better time than to pick up a good read and discuss with friends? Download your book online and then choose a date for a zoom or skype session to discuss your book with friends!
Whether you’re amongst friends from your home country or just down the street, this is a great opportunity to check in with one another, share experiences and stories about what you’re doing to keep busy. If you're over 21, you can also include wine or beer tasting!
Gyms are now offering online workouts for free. You’d be surprised at how far some fitness companies are willing to go to make interacting with your fitness instructor feel like you’re in the same room.
Watch2gether allows you to watch videos together with your friends. Just create a room and invite your friends — it’s free and requires no registration!
With thousands of songs to choose from, RedKaraoke gives you the option to sing your heart out.
Cook or bake your favorite dish with friends or family. Swap recipes and you can rotate meals. This can be great fun if you have friends from around the world.
Play video games online with your friends, or tap into a new social network.
Take a mental inventory on how you are feeling. Take some deep breaths and remind yourself what is true in this moment. Be present, and in the moment.
“In this moment, your heart is beating. You’re breathing in this moment. No saber-tooth tiger is coming after you in this moment.” - said Dr. Hanson, Creator of Simple Habit who reminds us of what we can say to our inner selves to help us think about what’s true right now.Look out for signs of distress, symptoms may include:
Call your doctor or other health care provider if you are experiencing these symptoms, or if you have been depressed or anxious for 2+ weeks.
Return to our "Mental Health" section for more information and help