The COVID-19 disease outbreak has seen many countries going lockdown and asking people to Self-Quarantine themselves in their houses. People are worried about whether they have enough money, food, resources, and medications to stay comfortable in quarantine, but one of the biggest challenges of quarantine will be to our mental health.
Mental Health Effect of Coronavirus Quarantine
In addition to the uncertainty and stress of the global outbreak, spending time in quarantine can take a serious mental toll. The isolation imposed by quarantine frequently leaves people feeling that they have no control over the situation. They also feel cut off from the rest of the world and unable to perform their usual duties. The commonly experienced mental health problems during Quarantine are.
- Emotional disturbance
- Emotional exhaustion
If you have a mental illness of some kind, or you know, other challenging conditions, being alone is not always the best place to be. In cases where parents were quarantined with children, the mental health toll became even steeper. In one study, no less than 28% of quarantined parents warranted a diagnosis of “trauma-related mental health disorder”.
How to manage your mental health problem
Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger. If you are struggling with tough emotions, reach out to the most trustworthy person in your life to share how you’re feeling.
Take each day as it comes. Much about the future of the pandemic remains unknown, and it’s easy to feel a sense of impending doom. Try to shorten the time frame of your perspective.
Provide those who are quarantined with “as much information as possible”, the researchers noted, so that they clearly understand the risks they would face if they were not isolated, as well as the reasons why they have been quarantined.
“Children feel relieved if they can express and communicate their feelings in a safe and supportive environment”, the UN health agency maintained, encouraging that if safe, they are kept close to their parents and family.
If not, regular contact with parents should be maintained, such as twice-daily scheduled phone or video calls.
If we’re trying to look for the benefits, it might be that we are learning how to better communicate with our loved ones when we’re locked down. We might end up, when we get back to normal socialization, in a community with a better capacity for links than before.
During a challenging period like this COVID-19 pandemic, it is very important not to self-blame or blame others for causing this distressing situation, as it will make it worse with negative feelings to our mind, heart, and body. Often when we struggle, we feel that this shouldn’t happen and this creates a feeling of isolation, fear, blame, etc. By understanding common humanity, where everyone suffers, we recognize that we are not alone in fighting this pandemic.
How people with Disabilities deal with Quarantine?
Accessible communication messages need to be developed for people with disabilities (including sensory, intellectual, cognitive, and psychosocial disabilities).
If caregivers need to be moved into quarantine, plans must be made to ensure continued support for people with disabilities,” Dr. Arvind says.
It is essential that every human being in quarantine can engage in activities they were previously unable to do because of lack of time. Loved ones must be continuously in touch with them over the phone, online or video chat.
How Senior Citizens can boost their Physical and Mental Health during Quarantine?
People wearing protective masks use hand sanitizer while sitting in Union Square in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. The city’s surrounding counties have reported some of the country’s first instances of community transmission, which is keeping tourists and even some residents at home — a phenomenon already starting to ripple around the country, hitting business owners and threatening broader damage to the economy.
While recreation centers and gyms are closing, it is still important to stay as active as possible during this time. However, check with your doctor if you plan on significantly increasing your physical activity.
Some options you may want to consider include:
• Engaging in at-home workouts to avoid physical contact with others
• Take a walk around your neighborhood (ensure proper social distancing from others on the sidewalks).
• Dancing to uplifting music
Older adults should continue to eat healthy, well-balanced meals. We encourage patients to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables every day and limit alcohol intake and foods and drinks high in sugar, salt, and saturated fat.
There is broad consensus among academics about the psychological care following disasters and major incidents. Here are a few rules of thumb:
Make sure self-help interventions are in place that can address the needs of large affected populations;
- Educate people about the expected psychological impact and reactions to trauma if they are interested in receiving it. Make sure people understand that a psychological reaction is normal;
- Launch a specific website to address psychosocial issues;
- Make sure that people with acute issues can find the help that they need.
Mental health is as important as Physical Health as we are taking care of ourselves staying in our houses. We should give utmost attention to our mental health as well.