Staying Sane During Quarantine

Updated: Apr 21

For some of us, the current situation with the Covid-19 situation might have been one of the toughest moments in our life.


Those who live in the countries, where Coronavirus wasn’t present at first were relatively relaxed. This also happened in Indonesia. People were not seeing the coronavirus outbreak as a serious matter. Now that the virus has been characterized as a pandemic, more and more people are experiencing panic and anxiety.


In Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia, people have been urged to stay at home and minimize physical contact with others since the beginning of March 2020. At first some people found this to be somewhat enjoyable since they do not have to go to the office or school. But now that self-quarantine or self-isolation has been performed for about a month, people seem to lose their ease. Does this also happen to you?


Not being able to hang out with your friends, to meet your colleagues or family; feeling like you are sucked into your stress and wondering when this situation will finally come to an end. These thoughts alone can consume your energy and end up driving you anxious.


Nobody wants to feel that way, right? So here we created a list of activities you can do to relax your mind and to stay sane in this uncomfortable circumstance.


  • Have enough sleep

For some of you, the things that are happening right now would rather be exhausting and discouraging. Let your body get a proper rest. Keep a regular sleeping routine and stick to it. The ideal sleeping duration is seven to eight hours.. You can also take a nap during the day for 10-20 minutes. But remember. Too much sleep would not be a healthy choice either.


  • Keep in touch with everyone

One of the main reasons why people get anxious during this situation is because they do not get to meet their loved ones and see other people. Luckily we now have something called technology to reach them virtually.


There are plenty of platforms you can use to stay in touch with your colleagues, friends, and family. You can text them, make a phone call, use social media and have

video conferences.


Not only can you reach them through virtual contacts, you can also send them some food or presents. If you have neighbors who need to entirely do self-isolation and cannot leave the house, you can offer them help to go grocery shopping or pick their medications from the drugstore.


  • Spend Time Outside

Yes, you need to minimize going out of the house and meeting other people physically. But spending several minutes outside the house and going for a little walk is actually pretty relaxing. You will get to see the greeneries and breathe fresh air. Other than that, you can simply do outdoor exercises. Doing these things outside the house can help you fight boredom and have clearer thoughts.


  • Limit Media Intake

Getting information is important as science keeps developing and the knowledge we have will determine our action. Yet when the information makes you worry too much to the point where you cannot sleep or eat well, you should consider it as a problem. The media nowadays are filled with so much information which may overwhelm you and increase negative emotions. Thus you need to classify, which media platform is trusted enough and what kind of information you want to receive.


  • Accept it and be Kind

The current situation might never come across your mind and it is pretty hard to comprehend at first. But you have to remember that you are not alone. Other people all around the world are experiencing the same thing. Yes, there are some adjustments that need to be made to coup with the situation and it is uncomfortable. That’s fine. For now, do what you can do and try to create a new routine to add the sense of normality and productivity.


Furthermore, try to look at the situation from different angles. Focus on the positives and appreciate the things that are happening right now. Acknowledge the efforts which have been made by the governments, researchers and caregivers who work really hard to solve the ongoing problems. You might be surprised by how this phenomenon can give you lessons in life or even change you.


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