Active, fun-loving Australians are now urged to stay at home. Mass events are forbidden at this time in the country. Even simple pleasures like attending the movies and sports matches are prohibited.
However, this is not a bad thing. Today’s invisible enemy, the coronavirus COVID-19, is here and it has amassed lots of casualties and thousands of confirmed cases.
While thousands have recovered already from the disease in our shores, we still need to prevent it from spreading.
It was proven to act quickly and tenaciously, and one way to stop transmissions is through self-quarantine. Stay sound and be on top of cabin fever using our helpful advice.
1. Keep In Touch with Family and Mates
Get those communication lines buzzing. Have regular chats with family and mates using web-based applications, text, emails or phone calls.
More often than not, these platforms are free – Facebook Messenger, Skype, Facetime and Zoom are applications you can try.
Talking to your loved ones will not only strengthen bonds with them, it will also ease anxieties related to the situation.
2. Rely on Trusted Sources for Information
Ready access to media can add to feelings of anxiety and fear. Manage what you get from those sources and just rely on more relevant ones like the CDC or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
You can also get information on maintaining mental health and well-being by approaching local support services like Beyond Blue.
3. Stay Calm and Mindful
This is the period to practice caution and composure. Ensure that you stick to the facts always. There’s enough mayhem out there—adding more panic to the fray will only prevent the needed steps and effort to manage the pandemic positively. Make sure that you follow directions and advice released by the government.
4. Stick to Routines and Hobbies
One of the main reasons why people often get anxious and fearful is stressing over feelings that they cannot control and manage. Thus, you have to concentrate on activities and chores that you have control over like your everyday routines.
Keep doing things that you enjoy as well. This quarantine allows you to finally take on hobbies that you have long taken for granted.
5. Support Your Children
Do what it takes to maintain a feeling of organization at home. Demonstrate positive practices to your kids by managing your own fears and anxieties to help ease your kids’ fears over the situation.
Educate your children about the virus and correct any misinformation your kids have seen or heard through social media and the news.
When you’re still feeling confused and closed off, it often helps to take into consideration the reasons why this quarantine was imposed by the authorities.
Self-quarantine was necessitated not only protect yourself and your loved ones from the virus; it was also enforced to protect others and prevent COVID-19 from spreading.
You are not only guaranteeing the safety of others, you are also ensuring that people who got sick from the virus can have speedy, proper access to medical care. Remember, this is only temporary.