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Looking after your mental health during isolation
Having to isolate during the pandemic can be challenging, here are some ways you can look after your mental wellbeing.
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Written by Sonder Health
Updated over a week ago

Isolating during the pandemic can be mentally challenging, but there are some simple ways to give yourself a boost. From keeping a good sleep routine to acknowledging when you're having a tough day and reaching out for support if you need, here are just some of the ways you can help keep your mental wellbeing in check.

  • Remind yourself that this is a temporary period of isolation to keep yourself and others safe and healthy.

  • Keep informed and listen to advice and recommendations from your national and local authorities.

  • Maintain a daily routine, or make a new one. Here are some suggestions:

- Getting up and going to bed at similar times every day.

- Keep up with personal hygiene.

- Eat healthy meals at regular times.

- Exercise regularly.

- Allocate time for working and time for resting.

- Make time for doing things you enjoy.

  • Social contact is important. Keep in regular contact with people close to you by telephone and online channels.

  • Limit the amount of alcohol you drink or don’t drink alcohol at all. Don’t start drinking alcohol if you have not drunk alcohol before. Avoid using alcohol and drugs as a way of dealing with fear, anxiety, boredom and social isolation.

  • Be aware of how much time you spend in front of a screen every day. Make sure that you take regular breaks from on-screen activities.

  • While video games can be a way to relax, it can be tempting to spend much more time on them than usual when at home for long periods. Be sure to keep the right balance with off-line activities in your daily routine.

If you have a mental health condition

  • If you are being treated for a mental health condition, make sure that you continue to take medication as prescribed, that you have a way of re-stocking your medication if needed, and a plan to in touch with your therapist if you have one.

  • Keep in touch with people who care for you and know who you can contact for support if your mental health declines.

  • If you are being treated for a gaming or gambling disorder, continue with your treatment if possible. Check with your therapist or health-care provider about the best way of continuing with therapy during confinement at home.

Remember to acknowledge feelings of distress and seek further support if required.

If you feel that you're not coping and need support, we're here to help. You can reach out to us anytime, in any language - you're never alone with Sonder.

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All content is created and published for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice. Always seek the guidance of a qualified health professional.

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