During lockdown, I have been in contact with those struggling with mental health and the theme I have found to be most common is how mentally-deteriorating media reports on Coronavirus are. Also, being unable to leave your house and continue with regular outside life is having a negative impact on them. The best advice given towards lessening the negative feelings of quarantine are to mute news notifications on our phones and avoid watching the news.
Other advice suggests that utilising 1 hour exercise outdoors and dressing up while at home in order to feel like you’re going out will help to make you feel better and less “trapped”. Finding productive ways of passing time have also been suggested, for example:
- Learning a new language
- Learning a new instrument
- Completing a project you have’t had time to finish
Journaling your thoughts and feelings can be a healthy way of self-expression, especially during these hard times. For those living alone, ensure to keep in touch with family and friends regularly as a reminder that although you may be physically alone, you are not alone.