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A Survival Guide to Self-Quarantine

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With COVID-19 cases soaring globally, a number of countries including Australia, have imposed quarantine restrictions within households. While stress, anxiety, and sadness are common reactions to long periods of lockdown, it’s important to take a step back and assess your mental and physical health.

Things may not be ideal right now, but know that you are not alone. Below we compiled some of the best ways to help you cope with self-quarantine.

Practice self-care

Pampering yourself with some form of self-care can help lift your spirits and put your body in a state of relaxation. Self-care can be anything from baking your favourite sweets to reading a good book.

Meditation is a great way to self-care. It can help improve focus, eliminate negative thoughts, and even calm a panic attack.

If you’ve never done meditation before, you can simply start with 5 minutes of being present and aware each day. Find a comfortable position where your spine is aligned and your neck and shoulders are relaxed. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Once you get the hang of it, try increasing the frequency of your meditation and see how your mind and body reacts.

Connect with friends and family

Spending your days cooped up at home can lead to feelings of loneliness and despair. Remember, self-quarantine does not mean total disconnection. We are lucky to be living in a digital world where communication has never been easier. Different channels including Skype, Viber, Facebook, Zoom and Facetime allow you to communicate with your friends and family and provide you with essential human connection.

Additionally, many groups are organising livestream parties and virtual gigs where people can tune in and listen to music, watch movies together, or discuss specific topics. Talking to people about current issues can also help you process your emotions better.

Limit your screen time

The internet, especially social media, offers an overwhelming amount of information that makes it challenging to locate trustworthy sources. Misinformation can easily cause widespread panic and additional stress. Unnecessary fear will only hinder you from your ability to function both physically and mentally.

While it’s important to stay informed than ever, make sure to follow only credible sources and medical experts. Be sceptical about everything you read online and don’t consume content at face value, especially if they trigger an emotional reaction. It’s best to stick to authoritative sources for factual and relevant data.

Focus on your physical health

A balanced diet is crucial especially in times when the immune system needs to be in optimal shape. Limited access to food supplies may prevent you from eating a varied diet, but there are great fallback options you can try.

For example, canned sardines and salmon are versatile ingredients rich in protein and omega 3 fatty acids. While canned vegetables contain lower quantities of nutrients, they are still healthy alternatives when fresh produce is unavailable.

Make sure to stay physically active. There are plenty of mobile apps and videos that teach yoga and other home-based workouts. Now is also the best time to catch up on sleep since you don’t have to worry about long commute hours.

In a time of social distancing and home quarantines, it’s easy to feel isolated and helpless. Pause for a moment and focus on things you can control. Establishing a routine that nurtures your health and happiness can help you get through this period of uncertainty.

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