Most of the psychological adverse effects of a quarantine come from the imposition of restrictions on freedom*.
It is time to get INFORMED so that staying at home becomes an individual and altruistic choice !
Why stay at home ?
To slow down the spread of the virus so that everyone who needs a hospital bed can get one.
If everyone gets seriously ill at the same time:
- A&E departments get overcrowded and don’t have enough hospital beds & equipment for everyone.
DECREASE in the number of intensive care beds,
INCREASE in the number of deaths
- Shortage of staff to care for Covid-19 patients and others, in hospital and in the community.
Emotions & Lockdown
- Anxiety & worry about your own and loved ones’ health
- Frustration due to not feeling in control
- Anger against those who do not understand the seriousness of the situation
- Loneliness, Boredom
How to cope?
Remember it is TEMPORARY !
Prevent physical tiredness and mental fatigue
- Exercise indoors or alone outdoors (walk outside, run, practice gym /yoga / pilates with help from videos…)
- Eat healthy
- Maintain a daily routine (get up in the morning, have a shower, get dressed…)
- Stay in touch regularly with family and friends (eat meals or have tea together over video calls)
- Help neighbours
- Show solidarity
Beat boredom and frustration
- Make photo albums
- Watch movies, TV shows or drama
- Listen to music, podcasts, radio
- Craft (sewing, painting, carpentry, DIY…)
- Play video games
- Use museums virtual visits
- Play together online
- Take online courses like MOOCs
Prevent anxiety-inducing confusion
Select 2-3 trustworthy sources of information and check them at fixed hours, not all the time !
Avoid panic, be prepared
- Gather what you will need if you get ill (thermometer, tissues, paracetamol…)
- Get any repeat prescriptions ahead of time
- Shop for groceries, have a plan in case you get ill.
Avoid getting infected and passing it on
Follow recommendations : wash hands with soap (indoors) or gel (outdoors), keep your distance from others (2ft). Do not shake hands. Do not hug. Cough or sneeze in your elbow, not your hands.
- Meditate regularly
- Maintain indoors individual religious activities
- Be mindful that anxiety, worries and loneliness are expected feelings in this unusual situation
- Do not blame yourself