There are no words to describe the impact COVID-19 has brought into our lives and the world. While scientists and researchers are tirelessly finding the cure to end this pandemic, we might still have to endure the pain and suffering a little longer. The rate of infection is highly alarming, leaving many to bear severe depression, anxiety, stress and loneliness as a result of being contracted by the virus.
It is mandatory to for those infected or had close contact with infected individuals to be under strict quarantine and isolation for at least 10-14 days. It’s almost incomprehensible how one can endure self-isolation for almost 2 weeks within four walls with no physical contact with others.
If you have been tested positive or know someone who has, then you’d have a slight idea what to expect. Loneliness and anxiety hits within the first few days, followed by other psychological effects. Therefore, it’s crucial to know what to expect during a quarantine period, just so you are able to prep your mind beforehand.
If you ever need to be quarantined, here are ways to ensure the few days of isolation can actually turn out to be meaningful and positive.
1. Use all that time for self-reflection or “Me Time”
Remember the times when you craved so dearly for “me time” or just needed some time alone to focus on your thoughts and mind? Use this time for that. Try to stay positive during this period and utilize the time given for self-enhancement, mentally and physically if possible. If symptoms hit you hard, then use that time to rest completely while binge-watching the series you didn’t have time for before this.
2. Learn a new skill or hobby
Use this time to learn a new skill or instill a new hobby. It could be learning a new language online, unlocking your creative side with arts or blogging, or simply tapping further into your spiritual side. Listen to the many TED Talks videos available or start a journal to pen down the reflections of your emotions and feelings.
3. Perform light exercises or Yoga
If you feel well and have the energy, you could try doing light exercises or do yoga to keep your mind and body active. Yoga suggests many breathing techniques to strengthen the lungs, while providing your body with inner energy.
We understand that being in an enclosed environment can be hard on anyone. Even if you’re well or unwell, it can affect everyone the same. If you can, reach out to anyone whom you can communicate over the phone via text, call or video calls on how you are feeling, what can they do to make you feel better, or just to gain emotional support.
If you wish to get counselling or simply want a listening ear to share your emotions, you can always reach out to Mercy Malaysia’s Psychosocial helpline which open to all medical staff and anyone who has been contracted with COVID-19.