The Acuity family knows how disruption can affect the mind and body. We’re all keeping our heads up while we fight this respiratory illness on the front lines, and we’d like to share with you some helpful tips for maintaining a sense of normalcy during quarantine.
What we’ve learned is that self care and routine can help bring a sense of normalcy even when things aren’t normal.
Our Guide to Smiling During Quarantine
1. Practice self care
When all you have to do all day is sit around, watch Netflix, and wait for Quarantine to end, basic daily hygiene can feel like a chore. Think about showering, skincare regimens, oral hygiene, and others as opportunities for you to take care of yourself. Take time massaging your scalp in the shower or using steam to open up your pores and detox your skin. There has never been a better time for stepping back from the hustle and bustle of life for a little bit of you-time.
2. Keep yourself on a schedule
It’s easy to fall into a rut when you’re stuck inside and the days seem to mush together. This can have a significant impact on your mental and emotional health. Try these tips to start a daily routine:
- Set an alarm to wake up at the same time everyday, even if it’s a different time than you did before. Getting enough sleep is important for both your mood and immunity support.
- Make a daily list of tasks to accomplish that you can cross off as you go for a mood boost. Try to keep it manageable and realistic, so it doesn’t become another source of stress. Even if all you manage to do for the day is to feed and shower yourself, that’s okay.
- Get dressed and shower as if it is any other day of work or errands. They can be comfy clothes, but a clean outfit can bring a sense of normalcy to your day.
- Set a regular eating schedule. People under stress commonly forget to eat or do a lot of mindless grazing, so set an alarm on your phone if you need to to establish a few times a day for some nutritious food. Even just some toast for breakfast and tuna on crackers for lunch will help fuel you.
These are just a few examples of tactics to getting yourself on a regular, everyday schedule. Everyone is different and so your routine should be unique to you and your lifestyle. Try to use this time as an opportunity for taking care of yourself and your household. During a time of upheaval and anxiety, it’s okay to take time to adjust.
3. Get back in touch with old friends
People are finding creative ways to keep in touch with friends and loved ones. From simple texting to visiting dates in inflatable bubbles, nothing seems to be able to get in the way of the human need to socialize. Try getting in touch with friends and family members with group calls on Zoom, Facetime or Google Hangout. It’s so important, now more than ever, that we stick together and check in on one another.
4. Get back into old hobbies or passions
Has it been a while since you picked up an instrument, took a picture, painted, or read a book? Or maybe life got in the way of practicing sports or sewing? No matter the hobby, take the time now to reintroduce yourself to your passions. Try learning a song or reading a book you always wanted to, just for fun. Get outside to a remote area and practice swinging a bat or dribbling a soccer ball. You can also look for activities and classes being held online through Zoom or YouTube tutorials. Take this time to do something silly, different, frivolous, or totally new, just for the fun of it!
Available mental health self-care resources
We know how hard times like these can be, especially for populations who suffer from chronic conditions or mental illness challenges. We want you to know you are not alone, and that getting through this pandemic is a team effort. Use the tips above to maintain a sense of normalcy in everyday life and help manage your condition. Refer to the links below for resources available to you during this time.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide
- Article on Mental Wellness from the National Suicide Prevention Hotline
- Helpline Center’s “Responding to COVID-19”
- The CDC on Stress and Coping with COVID-19
- Autism Society Responses and Resources
Life is fast paced and it’s easy to get swept up in the undercurrent. Take this time to get reacquainted with taking care of yourself, nurturing your passions, and try to then continue these practices even after the pandemic. In times of fear and crisis, we must approach everything with a positive attitude and good intentions. As a community, it is our collective job to come out of this stronger than we went in. Take care of yourselves and each other. We wish you good health and a safe spring season.