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Receiving Support While Quarantining

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how people view the world. During the initial stages, regulations required everyone to quarantine from each other. As time went on, quarantine regulations relaxed, and most could return to their routines. However, if you or someone you were in contact with tests positive for COVID, you’re advised to quarantine. But what happens when quarantining from others means you lose contact with your support system?

Making Connections

A handshake, hug, or even a pat on the back can connect you with a person. The connections you make with others are vital to your mental health. Touching or being touched creates a bond because it stimulates the “feel good” section of your brain. Your brain will send out feelings of happiness or compassion. However, when you’re in quarantine, you no longer have the ability to see or touch another. Without physical touch, you can experience emotional distress. As a result, while in quarantine, some people report increased feelings of depression and anxiety.

Ways to Cope While in Quarantine

You may feel lost or isolated while you’re in quarantine. You’re not alone in these feelings; others are also experiencing a loss of connection and support. Luckily, many people have found creative ways to maintain a support system. A few suggestions to feel like you’re supported while in quarantine include:

  • Stay connected: Whether you’re in a different city or home, reach out to friends and family as often as possible. You can use messaging apps, texting, or video calls to keep you in contact.
  • Keep your routine: Follow your schedule as closely as possible. For example, if you attend therapy, ask your therapist about their telehealth options. If you attend group meetings, reach out to the organizer or do an internet search to find online options. Also, keep healthy habits like exercise and proper nutrition a part of your quarantine lifestyle.
  • Find an online holistic therapy group: Since the pandemic forced many to seek an alternative to in-person classes or events, you can search the internet for whatever interests you. For example, look for an interactive yoga or exercise class. If you cannot exercise due to your symptoms, find a book club, drawing class, or a group that includes a conversation with others.

The COVID-19 pandemic reshaped how people interact with each other. If you find yourself in quarantine, you do have options to help you cope with feelings of depression, anxiety, or loneliness. Joining online groups, reaching out via technology to loved ones, and receiving therapy through telemedicine can combat feelings of isolation. The Guest House is here for you if you lack a solid support system. We know the past months challenged your emotional health. Reach out to us to learn how we can help you. Call us today at (855) 483-7800.