Isolation

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The isolation situation has psychological risk factors for the general population and for people who already have a mental health problem. Therefore, it is important that you follow the psychologist recommendations:

Isolation alone or accompanied

Being alone all day for several weeks can be difficult for your mental health, so we recommend using new technologies (video calls, apps, etc.) to be in contact with other people. Even seeing their faces is im

portant. If you live with other people, you must have private spaces, because it can be difficult to spend 24 hours at home with the same people. A good coexistence includes both affection and closeness, as well as respect for each person’s privacy and time.

Self-care: stay busy and follow routines

It is important to maintain an occupational balance that helps us organize our day-to-day activities with leisure, self-care, work, and domestic activities. We recommend that you look for activities that you love, that help you connect with what really matters; do the things you didn’t have time for before.

Physical health and exercise

Staying at home all day without moving impacts mental health. If you sit all day watching TV, the quality of your sleep will be affected. Stretch, and if you have a chance, exercise. Try to move and exercise for a while every day, it will help your mental health and you sleep.

Take care of your mental hygiene: avoid information overload

Given the avalanche of information to which you are subjected these days, both in the media and on the different social networks, the recommendation is that you take a moment a day to check the news, without being connected at all hours. It is important to always seek reliable sources of information.

Here we give you a list of suggestions to get through this period of isolation and occupy your time:

  • Visit virtual museums: the most important museums in the world offer virtual tours for those who wish to visit them.
  • Look for online tutorials: the possibility of learning the most diverse crafts and skills is at your fingertips.
  • Try new recipes: entire channels of content have been created for this purpose and are consumed by millions of people on a daily basis.
  • Listen to new podcasts: the content offer for all audiences has grown exponentially in recent years.
  • Play board games: If you are alone, there is also the possibility of playing virtually or with game apps.
  • Reconnect with family and friends in distant places: technology has the ability to bring us all closer in the virtual plane, regardless of distance.
  • Resume or start practicing musical instruments: music is always a vehicle to calm down and exercise our two cerebral hemispheres.
  • Take the opportunity to read: you can do it with physical or digital books that you have or use a platform to download free books.
  • Learn different languages: there are many free applications for it.
  • See virtual concerts: the list of musicians who have offered virtual concerts through their social networks increases day by day.
  • Enjoy virtual plays: different institutions have begun to broadcast plays virtually.
  • Do physical exercise: you don’t need more than 5 square meters and your own body to turn your house into a gym.
  • Do a thorough cleaning of your home.
  • Write a list of everything you want to do when isolation is over.

Sources:

  • Infobae.com
  • Consaludmental.org

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