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Self-Care During Self-Quarantine: 5 Things You Can Do Now

Cities are shutting down left and right in an attempt to “flatten the curve.” By now, we’ve all heard the news about COVID-19. The USA has recorded over 80,000 cases of the virus, so this period of quarantine is aimed to help slow the rate of infection in large populations.

Staying at home is saving lives, but it’s also undeniably taking a toll on mental health. Mental health is just as important as physical health, so we need to make sure we’re taking holistic care of ourselves during this trying time. Here are five acts of self-care you can (and should!) do right now.

1. Unplug.
Our only connection to the outside world is through a screen, so do yourself a favor and avert your eyes from it. Stop watching the news and give your thumbs a rest from scrolling through social media. This will give your mind a chance to decompress and process all the information you’re getting.

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2. Reconnect.
Just because we’re social distancing doesn’t mean we have to be emotionally distant from one another! Use this time to reconnect with friends and family over the phone. When was the last time you had an honest-to-goodness conversation? Give someone a call today. Better yet, download the Zoom app and have a multi-party video call with a bunch of friends!

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3. Rest.
In the hustle and bustle of daily life, we often forget to rest and recharge. With many of us working from home now, take this time to slow down and sleep. Use the quarantine period as a way of rejuvenating your body. Sleeping early will make the days go by faster too.

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4. Exercise.
If you’ve been putting off exercise because work takes up a lot of your time, you have no excuse now. There are a lot of easy to follow exercises on YouTube for every level of fitness. Try some yoga to relax or follow a dance cardio session for some happy vibes!

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5. Remember.
Cabin fever can set in, but when you’re feeling a little stir-crazy, slow down and remind yourself why. You’re not just doing this for yourself, but you’re doing this for others as well. Your parents, the older couple who lives down the street, all of those who may be extra vulnerable during this time. Your time in isolation is helping healthcare workers do their job and stop the spread. 

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Even if you’re on quarantine and practicing self-care, don’t forget to follow the basic and most important coronavirus prevention tips. Don’t touch your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth. Cover your mouth and nose with tissue when you cough, or cough into your elbow instead. Don't forget to dispose of your tissue properly. Always wash your hands, and do so for at least twenty seconds each time.

Keep your immune system up and monitor yourself and those around you for symptoms. If you or someone you love is coughing, feverish, or fatigued, call your primary care provider. Stay safe and healthy in both body, mind, and spirit!

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