Mental Health During Quarantine
Isolation – Distancing – Loneliness – Anxiety and more. All associated with the unknown, the uncertainty and the uncommon. Since the coronavirus pandemic has spread worldwide and many nation-states have declared a lockdown, we as students find ourselves home and alone for our safety. For some of us we may find ourselves constantly and overwhelmingly around family, while others may feel alone; wishing they could once again reconnect with friends and loved ones. Regardless of where you find yourself positioned on this scale, it is highly important that you acknowledge that doing nothing about how you feel will only make it worse. I have constructed this blog intending to spread positivity during this heartbreaking time of loss and despair; hopefully, these methods of combating your mental struggles of adjusting to this new and unique time will help you find the light at the end of the tunnel and will motivate you to start working and believing.
Talk to people – This can be quite difficult if you are an international student and you feel most comfortable talking to your friends who are living under different time blocks as you. But, during our University days we were greeted with many interactions with many different people daily, so I highly recommend that despite the circumstances, we should try our best to ensure that we are still talking to people about how and what we are feeling. Whether this is your parents, siblings or friends, I urge you all to reach out; don’t be afraid to ask people how they are and to tell them to miss them as this will not only benefit them but also you. Also, talk to your friends about how you are feeling as it is highly likely they are feeling the same.
Plan activities for your day – the more time you have free, the more time you have to overthink which can lead to you feeling down and helpless. But, if you plan little activities for your day like painting, essay planning or sporting, this can greatly help take your mind off your troubles. Two days ago, I spent the day swimming and for a great while I completely forgot about what was going on in the world and just completely enjoyed myself. I hope that the same type of results can also be met for you guys.
Remind yourself of the benefits – While there is no denying that the circumstances upon which this quarantine has been declared are completely heartbreaking and tragic, hopefully this time will allow us to personally reflect on how lucky we are to be sheltered; giving us time to rest, sleep and regenerate. Use this time to its maximum and to help you achieve goals that you have set but never had time to address.
Hopefully, these short and simple suggestions will help you keep your mind off the tragedy of this situation; reminding you that during this time there is still hope and love. If you ever feel alone and you need someone to talk to, please do not hesitate to reach out to me and I will do my very best to help you. I hope you all are staying safe during this time and thank you for reading. <3