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5 coping tips for quarantining at home



Many people across the world are staying home to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. This is incredibly important in helping to prevent the spread. With it brings changes, anxieties and uncertainties to our daily lives. There are a few key things you can do to help keep your days on track while spending them at home.

Create a schedule. A schedule can be very helpful during this uncertain time. Many parents are finding themselves working with children at home. If this is the case for you, time management is key. Work to develop a schedule that works for you and your family. Wake up around the same time each day, get dressed and eat breakfast as you normally would. Keeping things as consistent as you can will help things seem more normal while you are stuck at home. 

Move your body. Exercise releases endorphins, or "feel-good" hormones. You may be lacking motivation and be crunched on time to complete your regular workout routine. With added stress, self-care is so very important. Make it a priority to commit 30 minutes to yourself each day. If your movement needs to include your children, make it fun! Do a yoga video as a family, have a dance party in the living room or have race around your yard.

Control what you can control. Everyone is anxious and on edge. Ease your anxiety by controlling what you are able to. Stay home unless absolutely necessary to go out. By staying home even when you are feeling well, you are helping to prevent the spread of the virus. You can be a carrier of the virus even if you do not display symptoms.

Connect virtually. Now is a great time to take advantage of all the great technology we have at our fingertips. FaceTime, skype, texting, calling, etc. Check in with family and friends regularly to help alleviate social isolation. It is especially important to check in with the elderly and those who live alone.

Consider the positives. This is an uncertain time for everyone, however it is important to consider the positives. Take this as a time to slow down and remember what is important. Spending more time with those you live with and less time spent dealing with the busy day-to-day hustle and bustle. If you are unsure what to do with extra time on your hands consider taking up a new hobby or trying something new. Bake, journal, read or catch up on your favorite Netflix series.

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