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Managing Your Mental Health while in Isolation

 

Maintaining a positive outlook can be one of your greatest strengths when it comes to your mental health.

Humans are social beings. That is why being separated from friends, family, and co-workers can trigger feelings of loneliness, anxiety, anger, restlessness, stress, and even depression. 

If you are struggling with stress and anxiety while staying at home, here are some pointers that may help:

  1. Change “I am stuck inside” to “I can finally focus on my home and myself” - Take advantage of this time to get to those projects and hobbies you never have time for.

  2. Maintain a Routine - Going to bed and getting up at the same time increases productivity and helps ward off depression. Try to maintain normal morning and evening routines as well as meal times.

  3. Avoid Information Overload - While it’s important to stay up to date on the latest health announcements, too much news consumption can increase feelings of stress and anxiety. Try setting aside regular time in the morning or afternoon to check your newsfeed and give yourself a time limit.

  4. Communicate with Others - Continue to keep in touch with friends and family through video chat or phone calls. Host a virtual “happy hour” or “coffee break” with friends and co-workers.

  5. Eat Right - When it comes to managing your anxiety, a balanced diet is vital for your health. Focus on eating fresh, unprocessed, whole foods in order to maintain a strong immune system.

  6. Stay Active - Just because you’ve been told to stay home doesn’t mean you need to stop exercising. Exercise can help reduce elevated cortisol or stress levels, as well as trigger the release of endorphins, boosting your overall happiness.

  7. Get some Sun - Vitamin D plays a vital part in regulating your mood, as well as strengthening the immune system. Consider sitting out on your porch, balcony, or backyard. If you don’t have an outdoor space, even sitting by a sunny window can help.

  8. Stay Positive - Maintaining an overall positive outlook can be one of your greatest strengths when it comes to your mental health. Sometimes you have to make the conscious decision not to let certain situations inside your home get to you.

  9. Talk to a Professional - If your anxiety becomes unmanageable, talk to a professional or your health care provider.

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