During this time of social distancing and quarantine, we, Fusion Rehab and Wellness, wanted to discuss the importance of protecting your mental health. Mental health is defined as your cognitive, behavioral and emotional well-being. Mental health impacts many areas in our lives such as: activities of daily living, relationships and our physical being.
Quarantine is unpleasant for anyone that must go through it because we are social human beings. Quarantine to us means long periods of time away from our loved ones, loss of freedom, uncertainty over disease status, and boredom (Brooks, et al., 2020, p. 914). The medical Journal “ The Lancet” noted that the physiological impact of quarantine can be great. Some of the mental health disturbances that can occur from the quarantine are: increased anxiety, anger, interrupted sleep, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (Brooks, et al., 2020, p. 914). Suicide has been, and still is, a known result of mandatory Quaratines.
Some helpful ways to cope with stress during the pandemic are: keeping your mind active with fun activities such as: board games and puzzles, taking a walk regularly, limiting exposure to news articles and social media, getting an adequate amount of sleep, daily meditation and avoiding depressants such as alcohol and drugs. These can be stressful times as many of us have children that depend on us for security and financial support. Some ways as a parent that you can help your children cope with a pandemic are discussing the Covid-19 outbreak, answer any questions your child has, and also reassuring them that they will be okay during this time. This is a good time to not only support your loved ones but your community as well. Showing small business your support boosts morale and gives them hope that they will make it through this tough time.
By: Karli Lisk, LPTA
Brooks, S. K., Webster, R. K., Smith, L. E., Woodland, L., Wessely, S., Greenberg, N., & Rubin, G. J. (2020). The psychological impact of quarantine and how to reduce it: rapid review of the evidence. The Lancet, 395(10227), 912–920. doi: 10.1016/s0140-6736(20)30460-8