Being isolated from others can be stressful and have a significant impact on how you feel mentally. People who may have been exposed to COVID-19 have had to quarantine themselves for 14 to 21 days, even if they’re not sick. Even after coming out of quarantine, you may experience mixed emotions and need some time to process the experience. Seeking therapy can help you make sense of it all and give you the tools you need to cope during these challenging times.
Although a lot of people feel a huge sense of relief after coming out of quarantine, they may still worry about their health and the health of their loved ones. The world is a little bit different now, as we all continue to take precautions. It’s important to stay informed via reliable, science-based sources, but during this period, it’s also vital to take good care of yourself, physically and mentally. Exercise, meditate and seek therapy to help you channel your energy and feelings positively.
Both adults and children need some TLC when getting back to “daily life” after quarantine. Talk to your family, friends or a therapist about how you’re feeling, and take it easy on yourself. Spending time in nature can be healing, and soaking up some vitamin D from the sun can help boost your mood. Whether you’re going back to work or staying at home, try to get back to a normal routine.
One of the most important things you can do is allow yourself to have fun and stay connected with those who lift your spirits. Sit outside with friends or neighbors (while practicing social distancing), schedule a phone call or video chat with loved ones, and make sure to get plenty of exercise.
Mindfulness practice, such as meditation, can help calm anxiety and practice gratitude, which can help you focus on the positive and accept uncertainty.
Do you need help coping after being in quarantine? Licensed therapists at Kayenta are compassionate and experienced and can help with in-person or teletherapy sessions. Contact a therapist directly to get started.