Mental Health

Mental Health, COVID-19, Isolation, and You. How To Safeguard Yourself During Quarantine

By April 7, 2020January 14th, 2021No Comments

These are definitely unprecedented times we’re in. With all fifty states going into one form of lockdown or another and with many people forced to self-isolate for weeks at a time due to the coronavirus pandemic, added mental health strain is a serious issue. Even during the best of times it can be difficult to feel connected to other people around us when we are free to come and go as we please and businesses are all open. During the quarantine, it can be harder than ever. Let’s explore some ways that you can start taking stock and even possibly improving your mental well-being during these uncertain times. 

Create a Schedule and Stick To It

If your job has been temporarily shut down, or if you have been moved from the office in order to work from home, spending large amounts of time at home can be problematic if you let the hours and days slip by. If you draft up a schedule and stick to it, then you will be able to have real structure and control over your daily routine, which can help you from lapsing into “the doldrums” sitting in front of the TV or computer aimlessly soaking up time waiting for your next work shift or Zoom meeting to start. If you enact a schedule then you can make your quarantine homestay feel more like a regular workweek. This can allow you to be more productive, happier, and less likely to get bored waiting for the days to pass by.

Here’s An Example Schedule (Assuming You’re Working From Home From 9am to 5pm)

  • 8:00am

    • Wake up. Make your bed. Shower.

  • 8:30am

    • Make coffee and eat breakfast. If you have time before 9am to hop on your computer and check email, then that would be great to get you in work mode faster. 

  • 9:00am-11:am

    • Dive right into work! Put some relaxing music on and make sure to take regular breaks every hour to help rest your eyes and stimulate your circulation system. If you can take a 15 minute break around 11am, then that would be a fantastic time to take a quick walk around the neighborhood and get some fresh air and sunshine. This is a great way to help increase your mood and alertness levels!

  • 12:00pm

    • Lunch break! Fix yourself a healthy lunch and a nice cold glass of water to help keep you alert and refreshed as you finish out your work day

  • 5:00pm

    • Hooray! Your workday is done. Now is a great time to start knocking items off of your chores list before you settle in for the evening. Choose from one or two of the following:

      • Do laundry/Fold and put away laundry

      • Unload and load the dishwasher

      • Thaw any meats needed for dinner

      • Vacuum the house

      • Dust and declutter each room quickly

      • Mop/sweep the floors, especially the kitchen

      • Mow the lawn

      • Etc. You get the picture!

  • 6:00PM

    • Connect with friends and family. Use your smartphone, laptop, and/or tablet to reach out to your parents or loved ones or just say hi to friends and ask how they’ve been holding up. Use this hour to reach out to someone new every day! They will be happy to hear from you.

      • This is also a great time to take a longer walk or otherwise get some exercise! You can even do both at the same time! 

  • 7:00pm

    • Time for dinner! Put on a fun podcast or comedy stand up album while you make and eat dinner to help keep the mood bright. 

  • 8:00pm

    • Now is the time to fire up Netflix (or your streaming app of choice) and catch up on your favorite shows and movies or video games. Don’t forget the popcorn! This time is for you to unwind and relax. You’ve earned it!

  • 11:00pm

    • Time to wind things down for the evening. Brush your teeth, get ready for bed, and maybe pull up a book. Try to be fully in bed by 11:30pm and asleep (or close to it) by midnight so you can have plenty of sleep before starting again the next day!


We hope that this guide has helped you better structure and cope during these extraordinary times. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us, we are doing tele-conferencing during the community lockdown, so we are always available!

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