Public places have shutdown, events have been cancelled, classes suspended. Most shops are closed, and
you need to work from home. You have been living this reality for a few days now and we know that
self-isolation is an unusual situation for most people. So, here is some info and tips to get you
through this difficult moment.
Keep in touch with people and things that matter to you.
It is essential to keep in touch with what is important to you and respect your own emotions. Talk about
them with others in home isolation. Probably, you will find out that they are also experiencing
something similar. It makes us feel closer and more humane.
Save your mind from the volume of information in the newspapers
Set the time to watch the news, preferably at the same time you were used to before home isolation.
Create and maintain a routine.
Keep a calendar in a visible place so that you can get a sense of time and stick to your plan. Set the
alarm at the same time as you did before home isolation. Keep your hygiene habits. Eat at the same time
every day. Sleep well.
Crisis periods are golden opportunities to tell someone how much you care about them, and maybe find out
that a friend who drifted away from you is still very fond of you.
Before you think you are weird, share your experience with at least two more people who are going
through something similar. Probably, you will find out that you are not that strange. This is a moment
of solidarity and empathy!
Keep or create healthy habits.
Drink enough water, eat well, and sleep well.
Eating too much fatty and processed foods can make you feel tired and discouraged, leading to more
serious mental health issues.
Try to work out at home.
There are several apps and websites where you can find all kinds of home workouts, no equipment needed.
Use technology to your advantage.
Several free apps and videos teach relaxation techniques, breathing, stretching, etc.
Avoid the use of alcohol or other drugs.
Out-of-control emotions can make you fall into the trap. Try to deal with them in other ways. Keeping
yourself healthy is an additional protection for you right now.
If you’ve followed these tips but you’re still finding it hard to cope with this situation, we
recommend you seek help from a qualified professional. You can contact psychologists using online
tools like WhatsApp and skype. If you do not know any professional in this field, check the web for
free online assistance. Do you search and find the best option for you!
Learn the Difference Between Isolation, Quarantine and Social Distancing
Isolation is used for people suspected or confirmed to have the
coronavirus infection, to prevent the spread of the virus. In this case, the patient is isolated for
a period of 14 days, either at home, as per medical advice. It can also be done in public or private
hospitals depending on the patient's clinical condition. The advice is to only go out in case of
Quarantine is the separation, including restriction of movement, of
people who potentially have been exposed to a contagious disease, and can last up to 40 days, or the
period required to reduce community transmission and ensure maintenance of healthcare services in
Social distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space
between people to avoid spreading illness. That includes avoiding crowded spaces such as movie
theaters, beaches, concerts, shopping malls, stadiums, bars or classrooms, even crowded elevators
and public transportation.
American Psychological Association (APA) and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and
Ministry of Health of Brazil