Tips to deal with Pandemic Seclusion [or Social Isolation]Ashish Kumar
As the COVID-19 surfaces globally, various countries are implementing preventive measures suggested by the World Health Organization such as social distancing, quarantines, and in critical conditions full fledged lock-downs in the entire country or the impacted districts.
While social distancing seems to be the most effective recourse to prevent the spread of the virus, it also brings with it some side-effects. A few managed to escape the mental abrasion of lock-down by managing to reach their family well on time but many were unfortunate to have got stuck away from home and even singled out with sheer undesired solitude.
The repercussions of social isolation can lead to various mental and physical health problems such as anxiety, depression, diabetes, and more. While it is imperative to follow the need of the hour, that is social distancing, but we should ensure that the social interaction should not collapse on the other hand. It is natural to feel stressed out even when you are staying indoors and having less contact with the outside world and your routine fellow-beings. The uncertainty and the consequent stress of wondering whether you are going to catch the virus adds to the woes. While battling to stay away from mass groups in public or only going out to get essentials, it can start to feel a lot like house arrest.
Here are some ideas to manage your time during this isolation:
Stay connected digitally
We are all lucky that we are so much engrossed and used to technology already. In this era, when technology plays a vital role in people’s lives with the help of mobile apps and software, we can connect virtually with almost everyone. Also it is a kind of blessing in disguise that we have got so much time and space to connect and re-connect with family and friends. We can join new forums of discussions, share our interests, play multiplayer games, write blogs, be more active on social media.
Plan your day
Although the days get monotonous and depressing, we can try to plan them and make schedules to accomplish certain tasks and ‘things-to-do’ to turn them as “normal” days. We can maintain a daily journal of how we feel and what we are doing as routine. We can ensure to keep a symptom log in case of any illness. All these daily monitoring activities will keep us on toes and refreshed.
Take out time for yourself
With restrictions and stay-at-home directives, many of us are with our families. We can brush some time aside for ourselves to relax, meditate, exercise, warm-up or do a sport that would help us to re-energize ourselves. This will ensure our mind and body remains enthusiastic and does not move into inertia or lethargy, consequently leading to bad hair days even with your loved ones.
We can stay pragmatically updated of the latest news, health information and precautionary advise that will help to psychologically handle the prevailing situation. Moreover, try to gain more knowledge of your lesser-known areas of interest, this is the time when we can explore our vividness. Also, we can get enrolled in some of the online courses to keep our brain refreshed and polished.
We being confined to our homes has the advantage of avoiding your cravings for junk food and outside food. We are confined at our homes and the homely food is the only and safest option. In addition to maintaining proper hygiene, eating a nutritious and balanced diet can be helpful in remaining fit and detoxifying our bodies. Also, this is a golden opportunity to reduce those extra layers of fat!
In the present scenario, it is imperative to stay indoors and isolated, but it is also the best and the most responsible endeavor to do in the best interest of society and the world. These times will also pass and sometime in the future we will recall and cherish these once in millennium experiences!
Stay Home! Stay Safe!