‘Now I know what an inmate must feel like,’ stated an American woman after having quarantined for 14 days.

Honestly, being socially apart and isolated from the good of society takes a heavy toll on the mental health of people, no matter how helpful it might be and certainly is in ‘breaking the chain’ and ‘flattening the curve.’

Regardless of whether your self-isolation period is extended or not, taking measures to keep your mental and emotional well-being is essential. There could be some dietary supplements such as Proganiq, some sports practiced regularly, or book reading to distract your thoughts from the pandemic.

Read on to learn more about the possible adverse impact of quarantine on mental health and the potential recommendations to cope with it successfully.

Possible Impacts of Home Self-Quarantine

A detailed analysis of the quarantines in the past shows that the case studies of the people who are quarantined or are currently in quarantine due to the COVID-19 outbreak suggest that mental distress is common both during and after the self-quarantine period. The most commonly reported mental conditions are:

  •   The constant fear of the unknown

People have a concern for their health and the fear of infecting others around them. For instance, a mother can have a fear of affecting her children.

  •   Loss or lack of sleep

Insomnia with thoughts racing towards god knows what.

  •   Extreme mental stress

People can have frustration and boredom due to having nothing substantial to do as COVID-19 has brought life to a halt.

  •   Apprehensions

It’s about running short of food supplies and the other bare necessities of life.

  •   Confused thoughts

people experience extreme stress resulting from inadequate information or misinformation, which leaves them ambiguous about the right action.

  •   Uncertainty

people experience a constant horror about how the post-corona world would be like once the lockdown ends and the pandemic disappears. Their mind is bombarded with the questions with no one around to give a satisfactory answer to.

  •   Anger

They are in a constant state of aggression for not being able to predict their future on the planet.

  •   Post-traumatic depression

people are prone to a severe traumatic condition for not going to work. This anger and anxiety can persist for months after self-quarantine with the looming danger of economic hardships in the future.

Besides, they can have dejected thoughts at night and during the day, emotional fatigue, lowness of mood, numbness, emotional senselessness, irritable behavior and obsession with specific actions such as washing hands, disinfecting grocery items again and again.

However, different individuals would experience a different level of extremity in these mental conditions. While some individuals respond to it in what we may term as ‘a normal way’ with all the above given or maybe a few of these symptoms vanishing after the quarantine period, others, especially those over 60 years, may drag these impacts longer in their post-quarantine life, which may result in a prolonged mental sickness leading to more serious psychological disorders.

Measures to Offset the Mental and Psychological Consequences of Home Self-Quarantine

Here are a few recommendations to combat mental illness during the quarantine.

‘Eat to Beat Depression’

It is an age-old maxim and is true to fight the mental conditions you are through during quarantine. An adequate number of supplements such as Omega3 fatty acids, Zinc and Proganiq, as told earlier, help keep mental stress at its minimum.

Keep Quarantines Short

Keeping the quarantine period as short as possible but medically reasonable also helps. Studies prove the longer the period of quarantine, the worse the mental outcomes.

Staying Informed, Not Overwhelmed

Staying informed is also the key to keep stress at its lowest. The primary fear of the people in quarantine comes from the reason that they know less about why they are isolated—making sure that they have a complete understanding of the infection and the reason behind why quarantine is essential is the key to stable mental health.

Provision of Timely Supplies

Providing timely and adequate supplies with reliable backup can help people reduce their fear of running short of supplies.

Staying Remotely Connected

Staying in remote contact with those quarantined in their homes helps build a feeling that they are not alone. Furthermore, it plummets instant anxiety and depression. This significantly decreases monotony during quarantine and improves much-needed communication with the community.

Remember You are Contributing to the Community Health

An expression of gratitude from stakeholders as well as health officials for those in quarantine is also highly recommended. It induces the feeling that they are excellent service to their community by keeping themselves aloof and contributing towards the well-being of their community. It keeps them motivated.

Establish a Routine

Establishing a routine will help you overcome the feeling of having no direction in life. At least you will have something to look forward to for the whole day long.

The best is to start working from home. It will give you a structure quite like your regular workday in the office. It is understandably challenging with children around while you work. However, if each member starts following a structure, you will have a sense of achievement at the end of the day.

Find any at-home workout plan and stay active as much as possible. It helps fight the malaise coming out of being stuck on a couch watching TV for hours.

We hope that this article will prove helpful to keep yourself mentally stable during the quarantine.

Author Bio:

John Brooks is the Professional Content Marketer. He writes a lot of articles on his career. Last one year he has been working with Orbeen.com as a digital marketing expert. The company provides various types of Digital Marketing services i.e, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), Search Engine Marketing (SEM), Social Media Optimization (SMO), Web design & development, Link Building services, Outreach guest post, Content Marketing & blogger outreach.

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