A major factor contributing to this neverending buildup of anxiety is the fact that many workers all around the world have been sent to work from home by their companies. In some territories where the virus has hit particularly hard, people were simply told to stay home in an act that’s quite aptly named “self-isolation.”
So now, here you are - working from home, self-isolated and probably clueless about what’s going to happen next. Well, that we can’t help you with - we’re no fortune-tellers and can’t look into the future. However, we do have a few practical tips for you not to lose your mind here in the present and stay focused on what’s really important.
Think about this: you’ve finally got your break from the neverending home-work-home routine, which opens up plenty of possibilities for you - here are just a few, off the top of our head:
Despite the fact that you may still have to work, you don’t have to commute every day - now, for those living in big cities that amounts to at least 2 extra hours a day. You just got 2 extra hours a day! Use them for whatever you want - sleep longer, watch more movies, spend more time with your family/partner. How is this a bad thing?
Now that you get to spend more hours at home, maybe it’s about time you started a new home improvement project or finished the ongoing one? Hardware stores are more than open and handle online orders alright.
Rearrange your furniture, do some remodeling in your living room, paint your garage, get rid of the stuff you’ve been meaning to get rid of but never quite got around to - there’s plenty of things to keep you busy at home during this quarantine.
Since the “going out” thing is… well, out - what you can do is try some indoor activities. There’s this thing called the Internet and believe it or not, they got lots of good of stuff on there besides free pictures of kittens.
Sign up for some online classes (many of them are available for free now), start doing yoga or stretching exercises based on video tutorials, learn a foreign language with an app, or simply read an interesting book on your tablet.
Unlike people dying from plague, smallpox, and tuberculosis in the not-so-distant times, we’ve got modern science and knowledge on our side. Like many others before it, this current outbreak will be overcome too - all it takes is time, patience, and hard work.
And if that does not sound all that reassuring to you, here’s a psychology 101 trick. Let’s say there’s a problem that gets you worried - here are two possible states you can be in:
Now, back to this coronavirus thing - can you stop it from spreading?
If yes, then where have you been all this time??? Please make it stop ASAP, the world needs you.
Will it get worse before it gets better? Probably, yes. But then again, it’s up to you and other citizens of your area to help the community fight off the virus threat. Be respectful and responsible, follow the instructions provided by the authorities.
Afraid that you might be laid off after this corona thing is over? If yes, why not distinguish yourself now while you still have a job? Show your boss you can work harder, better and faster than anyone else.
What happened here is rather easy to explain - you simply lost a bit of daily social interaction you used to have before going on quarantine. Interaction that you probably took for granted. All those cooler talks, kitchen discussions, and random chitchat helped you a lot to get through the day and now that they’re gone, it hits you really hard.
However, this one can be easily cured - you just have to force your social collisions. Give a call to your old folks, chat with your colleagues, invite a neighbor for dinner - anything else that will remind you that you’re still a part of the society. Get creative if you like - have a Skype party with your friends on Friday, play some online games, or express yourself through social media.
Finally, if you keep feeling depressed and anxious for a long period without any change, it can’t hurt to contact a psychotherapist online and schedule a talk. Getting your problems and worries off your chest can help a lot and will keep you strong.