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How to reduce anxiety during quarantine

These are strange times we are living in at the moment.

At no point in recent history has the world ever come to a standstill and ground almost to a halt as it has now. Not even the Swine Flu pandemic of 2009-10 brought the universe down to a halt as COVID-19 has done.

Constant alert

Thus, being in a constant alert is new to most of us who have lived our lives with worries that now look ‘normal’ in hindsight.

With the country now imposing quarantine, staying alone, while also trying to stay clear of a monster that you cannot see, can take a toll on you. With the economy set to take a devastating hit, we worry not just for our health, but our economic situation. Will we still have jobs? Will we have food?

Uncertainty

Being in constant worry and uncertainty can adversely affect one’s mind. So, let’s look at tips on how you can try to keep yourself in an active state of mind.

One thing of note is we all manage stress differently.

Seems like of counter to the point but doing something that helps you cope will help you think of the best-case scenario – we will get through this- and this might help you get through it.

1. Keep a routine

When you find yourself at home with a lot of time in your hands but a lot of worry in your mind, it helps to settle into a routine. A routine will help you get your mind into getting things done around the house.

So, you can, for example, set aside time each day to read a book or watch your favourite TV series, exercise.

These activities will help take your mind off the worry at the back of your mind.

2. Be updated but avoid too much news

It is easy for these stories to affect us. Everywhere you look, you will read of news about Coronavirus, or earthquakes, or all things going wrong this year.

To be sure, there is nothing good about trying to hide away from this reality. Our reality now is bleak, unfortunately.

However, there is a difference between being updated and being constantly inundated with news.

So, take a few moments to be updated on the news. Avoid alarmists and instead, gravitate towards reliable news sources and health experts. Read through and be in the know.

However, after that, stay away and instead, try to put your mind into other things. It is hard, but you can get through by picking a hobby, you can watch videos on YouTube or take online classes.

This will help ease your mind and make you more level-headed.

3. Keep family and friends close

No, not like that. Though, if you and your family live in the same household, it will be unavoidable.

However, if you live alone, or are far from your loved ones, unfortunately, this is not the time to travel to be with them. Instead, stay connected with them online. Call them frequently, tell them what you always wanted to say to them. Text them and share jokes with them. Laugh with them.

At this point, we are all fearing for ourselves. We are worried that we might not see tomorrow. Staying connected with loved ones will help take your mind away from that fear. Instead, you will take each day at a time. And that is all that matters now. Don’t overthink it.

4. Eat well, stay hydrated, sleep well

Stress will strip us of our appetite. At this point, many of us are struggling with our appetites. The uncertainty is too much to bear.

But taking care of ourselves is the only thing that we have at this time of great worry. Even when you don’t feel like it, try to make a proper meal for yourself. Drink water and try to get some sleep.

Once more, these things are hard to do now, but if you manage to get your mind off the stress, then you will be able to get by with a little ease.

When night falls, ensure that you make your bed and try to get sleep. Keep away from the news before going to bed. Instead, update yourself during the day.

All the above will also boost your immune system, making it more likely to fight the Coronavirus.

As you do this, maintain basic hygiene without fail. COVID-19 is without a cure, but with enough precautions, we can prevent it.

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