According to stats from the ADAA, Depression affects more than 16.1 million American adults, or about 6.7% of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year.
Mental health professionals warn against being isolated and staying indoors for long periods of time as that can exacerbate mental health conditions. But what do you do when you have no choice? What do you do during a quarantine?
With all the media exposure to what’s happening, it’s causing anxiety and stress in people that aren’t battling mental health challenges, and for those who already are, they’re struggling during these times.
Here are some things that can be done to help with depression during this time of social distancing and quarantine:
- If it’s safe to do so, step outside for some fresh air and sunlight. For some, if you live in a crowded building and are concerned, open up a window and spend some time sitting by the window just watching the world.
- Turn off the news! Very little is changing from day to day. You can take a break from the news updates for a day to allow your mind and spirit to rest.
- Set boundaries with loved ones. People often call to share what’s happening in the news or the stresses in their lives. You may need to let them know you can’t be available for them emotionally right now. You’re trying to focus on yourself. Those who have trouble accepting that are already used to overstepping boundaries with you. That would need another conversation entirely.
- Self-care, self-care, SELF-CARE! Take a day to just nourish yourself and love on yourself. Take a hot bath in herbs and epsom salt. Curl up in bed for a day watching tv or reading books. Sleep. Dance. Sing. Do the things that make your heart sing.
- Call a friend but make the rule of no virus/quarantine talk. Instead catch up on each other’s lives and enjoy good conversation.
- FaceTime/call family you haven’t spoken to in awhile because they were always on your mind but you were busy. Life happens to all of us and we can go months, years without talking because we intend to, but we get caught up with life. Make that time today. You’ll be glad you did.
- Learn a new skill. There’s so much information available online. Try learning a new skill you’ve been wanting to learn but pushed off for later. Today is later.
- Exercise. 💪🏽 Release those endorphins! You’ll feel great after.
For myself, one of the things I did was create a “feel good” playlist. Every song that comes up I can say “that’s my song!” I can grab a glass of wine and dance through the house not caring that my kids are watching 😳 and telling me I’m “cringy”. It’s about your mental health. All of us can sink into a depression just looking at the current events and being stuck indoors with lack of natural sunlight, exercise and fresh air. We have to be proactive about our mental health and the state we’re in rather than reactive.
You are loved. You are valuable. You are needed.
I’d love to hear what you do to help you stay sane during these times. Comment below⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️