The battle against the coronavirus is being fought by all of us, the medical professionals of the healthcare network, public and private, on the front line from hospitals and residences, other relevant groups collaborating in the task of keeping us safe or supplied, and the rest of the population supporting from the rear.
For ordinary citizens, staying at home can be hard and even in some cases difficult to bear. The same as not being able to get close to others, touch each other, give each other hugs and kisses, and feel close when we need it most. But it is essential for the good of all to do what they recommend us in this regard: keep the safety distance of one and a half meters between people, do not go outside unless necessary and frequent hand washing are the most effective measures to stop the spread of this virus that is upsetting everything.
The situation is not easy at all. In addition to the undeniable human and health drama, with already tragic numbers of affected and deceased, and the fear for what will come later once the pandemic is overcome, confinement has now broken with all our routines and tests our psychological strength. For this reason, here we mention some tips to cope with this quarantine situation with motivation and in a healthier way, avoiding falling into anxiety and anguish.
Keep a positive mental attitude
The uncertainty generated by this problem can cause fear, something inevitable but that, if we know how to control, it can even be healthy and adaptive. So that this fear does not degenerate into anxiety, we must, however, strive to maintain a positive mental attitude.
Prevent your mind from getting lost in a loop of harmful thoughts or projecting future problems
We don’t know if they will happen. If these thoughts arise, cut them off and remind your mind that this is a temporary situation, that it will happen and that we are all assuming together with a common goal: to protect our health and that of our families, our most precious asset.
Establish a routine
Our usual routine has been broken and to combat the insecurity and anxiety that this could entail, it is advisable to establish new habits of schedules, meals, cleanliness … and not stay in pajamas all day. It is recommended, in this sense, to set daily goals, both personally and professionally, even more so if we are teleworking.
Play sports at home
Staying at home should not be synonymous with sedentary lifestyle. We always have the option of practicing sports at home. Keeping our body active will also help us distract our mind and get a better rest. Organize a daily sport routine, alone or, better yet, with your family.
Always start with stretching exercises to warm up. Next, some cardiovascular exercises like pedaling. Third, it incorporates strength exercises. Help yourself with some dumbbells and, if you do not have them, you can make a milk brick or rice pack. Finally, some stretching to avoid stiffness.
The avalanche of information related to the coronavirus is a constant these days. Obviously, we must stay informed, but do so without falling into infoxication. For this, it is recommended to resort to official information sources (Ministry of Health, WHO). Do not listen or encourage the dissemination of the numerous hoaxes that circulate on social networks and or through WhatsApp.
Establish disconnect moments
It is important to maintain intimate moments with the couple, our children… that we focus on shared leisure activities (watching a movie, recovering board games or crafts …). There must be part of our routine and will help us disconnect from work, something that becomes more complicated if we keep working at home.
Nor should we lose contact with family and friends, even if it is not physically, we can use the tools that technology puts at our disposal (phone, video calls, streaming connections) to continue to be united from a distance.
Practice relaxation techniques
Being alone and relaxing will also be helpful to quiet the mind and keep us focused. Conscious relaxation exercises can be very helpful in this regard, as can meditation and yoga. Practice them before bed to facilitate a deep rest. To help you rest, a bedroom free of stimuli and separated from your work area is equally important to facilitate disconnection.