We’re all on a break – a small break for a big cause. India is on a self-imposed, full lockdown mode to flatten the COVID-19 curve and rule out all possible chances of the virus spreading from person to person. Our State and Central Governments are tirelessly trying to contain the outbreak, with the help of a nation-wide team of doctors, nurses, public health workers, scientists, technologists, volunteers, police and professionals from various spheres of work. The only thing we, as responsible citizens, need to do is to stay at home. Social distancing is the most effective way to limit infection during an outbreak, which is why we need to make sure that we stay indoors for our own and everyone else’s safety. Remember, like everything else, this too shall pass. However difficult it may seem, we should accept the fact that this is only a short pause and life will be on track soon.

Understandably, staying at home for weeks and self-isolation can be stressful and make you feel lonely, frustrated, helpless and irritable. We should try to tide over these negative feelings with a lot of positivity and hope.

Here are 9 ways to overcome the isolation blues and make the most of this break:

  1. Keep away from negativity: To begin with – stay away from too much information/ news on COVID-19. Constantly remind yourself that everything you see on social media is not necessarily true. Stay informed, but don’t let it stress you out. 
  • Enjoy the break: Relax, do what makes you happy, keep the positivity on.
  • Take care of yourself: Eat healthy on time, drink plenty of water, sleep for 8 hours
  • Stay healthy: Exercise every day. Walking, stretching and floor exercises are some of the easiest indoor exercises that can help you stay active and fit. Also, when you exercise, your body releases a ‘feel-good’ hormone called ‘Endorphins’, which makes you feel happy and helps you relax.
  • Spend time with your loved ones: Spare as much time as you can to spend time your family members. If you are on a 14-day quarantine (due to national/ international travel), make sure you interact with your loved ones only on the phone or through video calls.
  • Catch-up with old friends: Call up your friends or loved ones who you haven’t spoken to for a long time. Surprise them with an unexpected call. Happy conversations are a great way to overcome the isolation blues.
  • Get creative: Pursuing hobbies helps unwind, de-stress and improve your creativity. Try your hand at new things; you can seek inspiration from YouTube tutorials.
  • Read: “There’s no friend as loyal as a book”, said Ernest Hemingway. Make the most out of this break by reading as much as you can.
  • Finish your pending work: Use this break productively to tackle all the pending work. This will help you focus better when you get back to work.

Let’s get over this together, by staying apart. Let’s co-operate fully with the system, follow all safety guidelines/directives, maintain social distancing, wash our hands often and ensure everyone’s safety by staying at home. Let’s put our lives back on track.

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