Like many individuals, you may be stuck at home working remotely while doing your best to socially distance yourself from others. It’s not easy to be isolated and in your home for days on end, especially if you are used to working with others and being in an office environment. Over time, you may find that this necessary period of quarantine is taking a toll on your mental health.
Mental health is closely tied to your physical health. This is why it is especially important not to allow yourself to become a full-fledged couch potato during this time. You may be limited in what you can do and where you can go, but that doesn’t mean you can’t stay active. Even in areas that are under a strict lockdown, it is still possible to exercise outdoors. Get fresh air whenever you can – it’s amazing what a walk outside and some time in the sun can do for your outlook.
You can also look out for your mental health by keeping your mind engaged as much as possible. Explore some new hobbies or pick up a book to read. Find a way to keep your mind sharp and active. Too much idle time will make it seem as if the days are dragging by, and this can make a time of isolation and separation even more difficult.
One thing that may help is to set a schedule for yourself. Block off increments of time and assign tasks to each hour. It’s okay to leave free time in there, but staying on a set schedule during the week can keep the days from running together. Staying engaged and positive during the next few weeks will take a dedicated effort and a commitment to your emotional well-being and mental health.
By Meagan Kerlin for Vertu Marketing LLC