How to handle quarantine fatigue
Social distancing is one of the most effective ways to slow the spread of the
coronavirus. Staying apart has saved lives.
Progress toward reopening can be slow and have setbacks. As a result, many may
have bouts of quarantine fatigue. Many of us are teleworking and taking care of
family while staying at home. It can all be stressful and may cause:
- Increased irritability
- Trouble sleeping
- Eating more or less than usual
- Feeling run down
- Experiencing a lack of motivation
To get through these times, it helps to have some coping mechanisms.
Tips to thrive
If you're feeling restless and weary, the American Psychological Association and
other experts offer these tips to cope with the mental health effects of the
pandemic and social isolation:
- Remember you play an important role. You have more control of the
pandemic than you may think. You are helping to slow the spread of the
virus by social distancing. You are making a difference. So try to focus on
the good you're doing.
- Take a few deep breaths. When you feel worried or upset, take a few
minutes, breathe in deeply, and try to relax your body and mind.
- Get a move on. Move your body either in the comfort of your home or
outside while social distancing. Exercise lowers stress and lifts your mood.
Visit our “Get Fit. Don’t Quit!” website for at-home workouts.
- Reach out. If you can't be with loved ones, stay in touch with calls, video
chats, or social media. Staying connected (even virtually) is even more
important right now.
- Keep a gratitude journal. Each day jot down a few words about what went
your way. When you examine your journal, it may help you find hope and
- Limit the news. It's important to stay informed. But constant COVID-19
news can fuel your fears. You can turn to public health agencies like the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for reliable updates.
- If your stress becomes overwhelming, call your doctor. It's also important
to check with your primary care provider if you find yourself using alcohol or
drugs to cope.
And remember, we're all in this together.