A near-constant stream of news reports about an outbreak can cause anyone to feel anxious or distressed. - World Health Organization, March 2020
If you are like most people in America, you are now practicing social distancing to keep you and your loved ones and other people in your community safe from contracting COVID-19. However, it’s important to remember that social distancing is not the same thing as social isolation. At the same time, feeling lonely and anxious when you need to remain isolated is a very normal reaction.
World Health Organization Recommendations
According to the World Health Organization, if you are under quarantine staying or staying home as instructed by government officials, you should try to keep up your personal daily routines. WHO recommends that you pay attention to your own needs and feelings and engage in healthy activities that you enjoy and find relaxing, to exercise regularly, keep regular sleep routines, and eat healthy foods.
It is recommended that people seek out COVID-19 updates and practical guidance from health professionals and the WHO website.
While staying home, there are many things you can do keep active and mentally stimulated. Here are just a few suggestions:
- Stay in touch with friends and family through technology – video conference, play online games, or post cute animal photos on Facebook and Instagram
- Haven’t been to Broadway in a while? Stream shows for free at insider.com
- Upcoming new movies are either already available (or will be soon) on demand instead of opening in theaters – they will be released for purchase. Learn more by contacting your cable provider, streaming services, and at ET Live
- Tackle a DIY project, trying a new recipe, or spring-cleaning
- Become an armchair scholar, traveler, private detective – or anything else!
- Spend quality time with your pet
Whatever you choose to do, know that you are contributing to the health and well-being of yourself, and everyone else in our country and world.