This year is off to an interesting start, to say the least. With all the uncertainty this pandemic has brought, it’s crucial that we come together and support one another through this time. That’s why we’re discussing ways to cope with self-isolation and the steps you can take to maintain your physical and mental health.
Combating Cabin Fever
Follow these tips to stay healthy while at home:
Designate a workspace
If you’re one of the many people who have transitioned to working from home, you may find productivity to be a bit more challenging these days. If you can, try to designate a specific part of your home to your workspace, preferable one that can be blocked off by a door. Take the time to declutter, organize, clean, and set up a space that breeds productivity, away from the TV or other distractions.
Segregating your workstation will not only help you stay focused, but it also helps you to unplug after business hours. This makes your work time and personal time a little more distinct, as much as it can be while staying home every day.
You’ve read the articles recommending you work out every day and only eat healthy foods while quarantining. Easier said than done though, right? If you’re someone who has stuck to those guidelines, more power to you, keep up the great work! But, if you’re one of the people who’s having a hard time finding motivation, we encourage you to start small. Make a goal for yourself to be active in one way or another each day.
Doing housework, going on walks (if your area permits it), standing while working, playing with your kids, or trying your hand at an online exercise video are all great ways to keep your body moving. Once those endorphins start to release, you’ll be glad you did it!
If you’re looking to break a sweat, click here for a list of at-home workouts.
Get enough sleep
Without your usual daily structure, you might find your old routine start to slip through the cracks, and with it, a normal sleep schedule. A good night’s sleep is vital to how we perform, both physically and mentally. To avoid fatigue and other issues that come with sleep debt or oversleeping, try to stick to a regular schedule. Monday through Friday, get in bed around the same time and set your alarm for the same time each morning. Your body will adapt to your schedule, helping you feel more energized and alert while at home.
Now more than ever, it can be overwhelming to open social media or turn on the news. Implementing stress-reducing activities and limiting stress-inducing screen time can help mitigate anxiety, tense muscles, headaches, insomnia, and more. A few mindful hobbies include stretching, meditating, soaking in a hot bath, reading, and taking care of your hair, skin, and nails. Stress is an immune system suppressor, so staying calm right now can significantly benefit your health.
Get help if you need it
The staff at Tulsa ER & Hospital hopes you and your family are staying safe and well. We are all in this together, and as always, our facility is open 24/7, 365 days a year. If a medical emergency of any kind arises, we are here for you.
If your mental health is deteriorating during this time, we encourage you to reach out and get help. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to a loved one, you can call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. You don’t have to go through this alone; there is help available!
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