Coronavirus, hilariously dubbed as Miss Rona has forced people to quarantine. Only those in essential services can go out. While some are enjoying the indoor environment, to some, this experience is affecting their mental health.
Recent research from a medical journal The Lancet, quarantine has psychological effects on humans. These effects range from sleep disturbances, anger and anxiety, post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and depression.
From a previous study, 29% of the quarantined SARS patients exhibited PTSD symptoms.
Signs quarantine is affecting your mental health
- Experiencing concentration or sleeping issues
- being anxious, worried or experience fear over your health
- changes in your sleeping or eating routine
- Excessive use of drugs eg, alcohol, tobacco
The Worl Health program (WHO) released a guide on how to take care of your mental health during these difficult times.
Here are some of the ways of maintaining your sanity during the quarantine period.
- Limit your time watching the news. Limiting the amount of information protects your mental health. However, it is essential to keep yourself updated with all the latest occurrences.
- Come up with a routine. You need to divide up your day allocating specific time for specific activities. This routine will help bring a sense of normalcy and, in the process, maintain your health. You can include breaks and siestas in between your day.
- Fight boredom. Find an activity that will help jog your mind. However, it is imperative to focus only on constructive activities that add value. Otherwise, you will hurt your mental health in the long run.
- Only focus on the positives. With everything going on right now, it is easy to find yourself concentrating on the negatives happening. However, it is vital for your mental health that you divert your mind and try as much as possible to focus on good things. Try to count your blessings, no matter how hard it may seem.
- Take it one day at a time. I can’t stress this enough. It is crucial to only take it one step at a time. Otherwise, you will feel overwhelmed with everything.
Remember, mental health is essential for your immunity and body functions.