Maintaining Mental Health During Quarantine

written by Lisa Vasquez, NHPHA Communications Committee Chair

During these uncertain times, it’s normal to feel sad, angry, and anxious or even to grieve for things that have to be canceled or postponed. It important to maintain our mental health while we stay at home and manage remote learning, working from home, parenting and maintaining your home. Below are some tips for keeping up our mental health during quarantine.

  • Try to maintain a schedule or routine. Routines help maintain order but also a sense of normalcy that will help all, especially children feel safe and cared for because they know what to expect.
  • Ask children or others in the home to help with household chores. This gives everyone something to do and creates a sense of responsibility and accomplishment. It can also help with keeping a routine.
  • Talk to someone about how you are feeling. It’s important to stay connected to friends and family during this time. Take time to call and stay connected to those you love and talk about your feelings with them.
  • Look for the positive. Try to reframe the situation into a positive instead of focusing on the negative. Look for the possibilities.
  • Try something new. Arts and crafts? A new recipe? This is the time to try something new, you never know you might find a new hobby!
  • Take a break from social media. All the news can be overwhelming. Also look at credible news sources, like the CDC, NH DHHS, or your local health department or NHPHA, for COVID-19 information.
  • Keep yourself healthy. Get some fresh air and exercise; just remember to stay 6 feet away from others.
  • Eat healthy foods. While grocery shopping, remember to wipe down your cart, carry hand sanitizer, and minimize the number of people from each household who go shopping at one time. Once you return home, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Do some good, donate, volunteer, and write a greeting card and mail it. Share your talent online or over the phone with family and friends.
  • Take time for yourself to do something you love, read a book, paint, watch your favorite movie, or meditate. There are many YouTube meditations of various lengths to help you unwind.
  • Most importantly, remember to spread joy and kindness. Let the ones you love know you love them.

Keep your loved ones safe during COVID-19. Follow all the CDC guidelines and stay home.

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