7 Ways to Remain Calm During a Quarantine
It can be difficult to stay calm during times of uncertainty and isolation. The outbreak of the coronavirus has been stressful and has inflicted many with fear and anxiety. So, if you're wondering how to stay calm amid such panic, you're not alone. And that’s why we’ve come up with several ways to help you stay calm during a quarantine.
Medical professionals are starting to realize the mental tole the COVID-19 pandemic may have on the public. In a recent interview, Ezekiel Emanual, MD, acknowledged this saying, "Desperation and panic don't help. We need a cool, calm response to the crisis."
Instead of panic here are 7 simple strategies to stay calm, cool, and collected during this time of uncertainty.
1. Maintain a peaceful home
A chaotic home leads to a chaotic mind. The world is full of uncertainly outside your home, but you can ensure predictability inside your home by keeping it cleaned and well organized. Create a zone for every activity: meals, work, and entertainment should all have their own place. So, avoid eating meals in bed and leave your work in your workspace.
2. Change the way you view this time
Your perspective can completely change your experience. Instead of “I’m stuck in my house” think “I can finally focus on my home and myself.”
Think of the mandated work-from-home policy as an opportunity for introspective contemplation. Maybe there’s a practice you’ve wanted to begin or a habit you’ve wanted to break. This is your chance to pause and reflect on the things you want to improve.
3. Maintain a routine
Try to stick to your normal routine. It can be tempting to fall into a lethargic lifestyle while working from home. But maintaining a schedule similar to your pre-quarantine days will prevent you from wasting time and falling prey to anxiety.
Schedule your day as if you were living the same way you were two months ago: wake up at the same time, eat your meals at the same time, and go to bed at the same time each day. Not only will this improve your mental state, but it will also make it much easier readjusting when the work-from-home mandate is lifted.
4. Schedule breaks in your day
Working from home provides fewer built-in breaks throughout your day. Instead of driving to work, you’re already there when you wake up. Social breaks with coworkers are non-existent unless you go out of your way to call. Instead of staring at the same four walls, schedule regular breaks throughout your day. You might go for a walk, sit on your back porch, or even grab a book to give your mind a break.
Meditation and breathing exercises are two of the best ways to relax and remain calm. Meditation has been proven to lift your mood. The practice provides many neurological benefits including cognitive preservation and anxiety suppression. Meditation allows you to be more mindful of your mental state leading to gratitude and relaxation. So, the next time you feel you’re getting stressed, take a break and meditate.
6. Exercise and stay active
Although yoga studios and fitness centers have been closed for the time being, you can still exercise at home. In fact, there are many benefits to practicing yoga at home.
For you, it might not be yoga, but we encourage you to find an exercise or activity that you enjoy. It could even be going for a walk. Just be sure to choose an activity that keeps you active and promotes stress relief.
7. Be mindful of your nutrition
Maintaining inner peace includes eating the right foods and staying hydrated. Limit or avoid alcohol and prepacked foods. Strengthen your immune system by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, and limit the intake of salt, sugar, and fat.
Prolonged feelings of uncertainty and isolation lead to fear and anxiety. Now, more than ever, it’s important to know how to relax and prevent yourself from getting worked up over the current situation. Consider these tips for staying calm during this quarantine to promote inner peace throughout this time.