TAKING CARE OF YOUR MENTAL HEALTH DURING CORONAVIRUS 2019:
Tips for social distancing, quarantine, and isolation during an infectious disease outbreak.
In the event of an infectious disease outbreak, local officials may require the public to take measures to limit and control the spread of the disease. The government has the right to enforce federal and state laws related to public health if people within the country get sick with highly contagious diseases that have the potential to develop into outbreaks or pandemics.
Use valid sources of information:
Be your own advocate:
Make sure that you have the basic necessities at home, especially if you or someone you live with is over 65 or is home for the rest of the school year.
If you are out of work or have reduced working hours, contact your rental/mortgage, cell phone, cable, internet, and other important provider companies to explain your situation and request alternative bill payment arrangements as needed. Also, you can apply for full or partial unemployment here:
Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
Avoid drug use and excessive alcohol use:
Connect with others. Reaching out to people you trust is one of the best ways to reduce anxiety, depression, loneliness, and boredom during social distancing, quarantine, and isolation. Utilize technology to email, text, and face time with family and friends. Also, utilize social media to stay connected. Writing a letter to loved ones can be therapeutic.
Get creative with physical activity. Dance, play interactive video games, and/or use household objects to strengthen muscles. Even cleaning up is good exercise.
Be sure to take breaks in between hard tasks and do something fun!
After Social Distancing, Quarantine, or Isolation:
If you were isolated because you had the illness, you may feel sadness or anger because friends and loved ones may have unfounded fears of contracting the disease from contact with you, even though you have been determined not to be contagious.
If you need to speak with someone outside of your home, please call the Disaster Distress Hotline at 1-800-985-5990 or text “talk with us” to 66746. You can also visit http://www.disasterdistress.samhsa.gov