Managing the Effects of QuarantinePat Fontana
In a time of social distancing, isolation, and quarantine, people throughout the world are experiencing a wide range of emotions and practical challenges. Quarantine is a strict separation from others, a step that has become necessary for many as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread. How do you cope in isolation? If you are participating in treatment for substance abuse disorders or mental illness, managing the effects of quarantine is essential for your continued successful recovery.
Frustration and Boredom in Isolation
In these uncertain times, many people are becoming frustrated. They want to know how much longer they will have to stay at home, remaining isolated. There is no solid answer at this point; however, we do know that when everyone practices appropriate social distancing, it increases the possibility of seeing the end of the current situation.
When you are not able to get solid information, you can become frustrated. You may also be bored if you are stuck at home, even if you are tasked with working from home. Major stressors during this pandemic are losing your normal routine and being physically separated from friends and family. Managing the effects of quarantine is critical for your health and well-being right now.
Continuing to communicate, albeit via online platforms or social media, can help with both boredom and frustration. Take advantage of available technology to be able to see the faces of your friends and family as you talk to them. Monitor your social media and online usage, though. As the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress emphasizes, “too much exposure and exposure to unreliable sources can increase stress.”
Keep a Routine
Establishing and maintaining a new routine is also critical to maintaining your mental and physical health during this time. Plan time for exercise, meditation, nutritious meals, and other activities so you can continue with as normal a daily routine as possible. Even simple tasks like making your bed or washing clothes can help you feel more positive in isolation.
Fears About the Effects of COVID-19
It is natural to feel fear about possibly being infected by the coronavirus. Along with that, you may even fear being stigmatized by your friends or family members. In quarantine or self-isolation, you may think that co-workers, friends, and family members will treat you differently, perhaps with their own fear or suspicion.
In addition, you may be worried about financial issues. If you have been laid off from a job that was considered non-essential, you may fear financial loss. You may also be dealing with healthcare costs, either from COVID-19 or mental or physical issues not related to the virus.
There are many resources available to you when you are unemployed or facing mounting bills. Use this time to research options, including expanded unemployment benefits and flexible payment arrangements for rent and other obligations. Most utility companies are suspending disconnection orders for non-payments. Everyone is challenged during the pandemic, so your creditors understand that you are struggling. Don’t let financial difficulties affect your health now.
What You Can Do
Stay positive. Know that you are not alone. Prepare. Maintain your social distance for your protection and for the protection of others. This may seem like the most frustrating experience you’ve been through, and it may well be, but there is a lot you can do while managing the effects of quarantine.
Preparing with adequate food and other household supplies is important, so you will not need to venture out during an order to stay at home. Continue to prepare nutritious meals and snacks, for your physical as well as mental health. Stay in touch with those friends and family members who are positive influences in your life. Stay away from constant news reports of the virus and its negative effects.
Focus on what you can do, instead of stressing over what you cannot control at this point. Quarantine will eventually end, and you will be able to get back to your normal routine. Most importantly, continue to reach out to those who will help and support you in managing the effects of quarantine.
Contact R&A Therapeutic Partners for Help Today
When life becomes overwhelming, we are here for you. At R&A Therapeutic Partners, we will help you find the path that works best for you. We know that your needs are unique to you, and we make it our priority to identify the tools that keep you engaged and thriving in your recovery. We encourage you to contact the Miami therapeutic consultants Raymond Estefania and Ana Moreno to find out the services R&A Therapeutic Partners offers. Call us at 786-452-7352 to schedule your appointment.
At R&A Therapeutic Partners Raymond Estefania and Ana Moreno specialize in substance use and mental health disorder evaluations, treatment, intervention and therapeutic/educational consulting for clients throughout the greater South Florida area, as well as nationally and internationally. For more resources and information please visit Therapeutic-Partners.com or on Facebook.