After more than a month, the mandatory quarantine imposed by the new coronavirus is no longer a novelty. The need for social distance to avoid an uncontrolled and overwhelming spread of the disease has led millions of people to confine their homes around the world.
With altered personal and professional routines, safety concerns, job stability, financial conditions, idle time, productivity, among others, end up harming people's well-being.
Roughly speaking, well-being translates into a balance of our physical and psychological health, elementary so that we can carry out our daily activities with pleasure, comfort and without wearing out the body and mind in the process.
If you want to know more about the importance of taking care of your well-being to optimize your professional performance, we recommend reading this material here.
Now, considering all these concerns, let's give you some tips to preserve your vitality and mental fullness during social isolation. Follow the post and learn how to maintain well-being in quarantine. Good reading!
The new coronavirus (covid-19)
According to the Ministry of Health, Coronavirus is a family of viruses, known since the mid-1960s, that cause respiratory infections, such as SARS (Acute Respiratory Syndrome, first reported in 2002 in China) and MERS (Respiratory Syndrome of the East Medium, first reported in 2012 in Saudi Arabia).
In general, they circulate only among animals such as bats and rodents, but they also infect humans when their coexistence is very close and the viruses undergo spontaneous and random mutations.
You Human coronaviruses cause mild to moderate short-term respiratory infectionsO. Symptoms can involve runny nose, cough, sore throat and fever. However, some infections can reach the lower respiratory tract and cause more serious syndromes, such as pneumonia.
This condition is more common in pre-disposed people, who have cardiopulmonary diseases, a compromised immune system or even in the elderly.
In addition to MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, the common coronaviruses that infect humans are Alpha coronavirus 229E and NL63 and Beta coronavirus OC43, HKU1. This new agent discovered in December 2021 in China was called covid-19.
Transmission of the new coronavirus
Transmission of covid-19 occurs in the following ways:
- through the droplets of contaminated saliva that are eliminated in the air when the person coughs, sneezes or speaks less than two meters away;
- by physical contact, when droplets with the virus reach mucous membranes in the eye, nose and mouth;
- through contact with contaminated surfaces;
- through the sharing of contaminated personal objects, such as glasses, cutlery, cell phones, etc.
It is worth mentioning that the transmission of the disease can also occur by carriers of the asymptomatic virus, that is, without apparent symptoms. That is why the new coronavirus is so dangerous and requires continuous care.
Remember to keep your hands clean and away from your face at all times. Wash them frequently with soap and water or use alcohol gel to sanitize them.
The quarantine of the covid-19
The speed of propagation of covid-19 is one of the most frightening characteristics of the disease. Countries such as China, Italy, France and the UK, which experienced contact with the disease before Brazil, had their population massacred by the disease in days.
According to Worldomater, so far 2,460,860 deaths have been recorded worldwide, in an interval of just over four months. Considering the forms of transmission, the World Health Organization (WHO) decreed social isolation as an essential methodology to prevent the even more violent spread of the new coronavirus.
As it contaminates an expressive volume of people in a very short time, the UK residents health system would be compromised by the high demand for care and, possibly, would not be able to treat all patients.
In addition, infrastructure and equipment to deal with the disease are also scarce in the country. That is why the covid-19 quarantine is so essential.
The importance of caring for well-being in quarantine
Considering the mandatory social distance, the consequences of the coronavirus have been much discussed. In addition to directly harming the economy, trade and, especially, small and medium businesses, there is also the human factor.
During a pandemic like the one we are currently experiencing, it's normal for people to be, at first, under negative psychological effects, such as anxiety, sadness, insomnia, restlessness, boredom, irritability, excessive worry, insecurity, binge eating, among others.
This is due to the volume of altered situations and changes stressful generated by the crisis, such as:
- abrupt change in routine;
- adoption of remote work;
- possibility of becoming unemployed;
- need to reconcile different tasks in the same environment;
- impaired displacements;
- accumulated accounts;
- unforeseen payment and lack of government assistance;
- interrupted pleasurable activities;
- excess of information (correct and wrong);
- inability to hold social gatherings;
- imminent possibility of affective and financial losses.
In other words, everyone is missing out on something valuable, that's why keeping well-being in quarantine is so important to not get carried away by despair.
We often underestimate the power that exists behind the choices of our habits, but they are the ones that guide our physical and psychological vitality. Next, we will cover some tips to encourage these choices, ensure your well-being in quarantine and allow you to go through this situation with more lightness and self-control.
Tips for maintaining physical and psychological well-being during the crisis
Here are some tips for maintaining well-being in quarantine.
Take care of your mental health
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Eat healthy meals
The second tip for maintaining well-being in quarantine is to do healthy feeds. Eat meals with high nutritional density – with those foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals, such as fruits, vegetables, legumes and proteins.
According to the UK residents Nutrology Association, there are no miracle foods that cure or prevent covid-19 but having healthy habits can help, as the food is directly linked to immunity. Also remember to drink a lot of water and not share cutlery and glasses.
Practice physical exercises
Another tip that can stimulate your well-being is the exercise practice style=”font-weight: 400;”>. Regular and moderate physical activity improves our immune system, so it should also be a priority.
There are several digital platforms that offer tips, online classes, training in infinite modalities. Thus, you start exercising at home and improve your conditioning and endurance.
Organize your time
Organize your time to make your days more productive. Keep in mind or write down in a personal agenda all the activities planned for the day, so you will have a goal to comply and will reduce downtime, which often makes us think about problems and reinforce concerns.
Remember to list activities that generate your pleasure, because balance is essential to maintain your well-being quarantined. So, put the reading of an interesting book, series, physical exercises, a new recipe to try, a craft, a hobby and so on.
Adapt the environment for remote work
If you are in the home office you need to take some precautions to keep your well-being in quarantine.
First of all choose an appropriate and exclusive place to work during that period. Thus, your brain creates identifications with the location, optimizing your productivity and your time.
Then, create work routines. Comply with activities and schedules as if you were in the office. This way, you will not be tempted to do other activities, compromising your agenda and damaging your reputation at work.
Develop new hobbies
Another way to maintain well-being in quarantine is to investing time in new activities that generate pleasure and happiness. Investing in a new hobby is excellent for stimulating creativity, intelligence, interest, concentration and focus.
So, regardless of activity, a new stimulus to the brain will be great for your well-being. Cooking, painting, writing, working out, dancing, embroidering, sewing, singing, playing a musical instrument, the options are limitless. You just need to choose one.
Try to study
In addition to stimulating the creative part of the brain, it is important to stimulate the intellectual. Use your free time to study, reinforce knowledge, develop new skills and enhance skills.
Several courses are being made available on the internet, through EAD certification, which you can take at home. Do a thorough research and look for a training, lecture, course, among others, that can raise your qualification.
Organize financial life
Another way to encourage well-being in quarantine is by organizing your financial life and knowing the real situation you are in. Consider all of your fixed expenses, your emergency reserve style=”font-weight: 400;”>, your debts, your credit, your charges, your remuneration, and so on.
Have all the data organized to facilitate analysis of the situation. In this way, with the real diagnosis of your financial scenario, concerns can be resolved or controlled.
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Social isolation can generate situations of stress, anxiety, sadness, fear and other pejorative sensations. However, by following the tips we covered in this post, you can stimulate well-being in quarantine and prevent this evil from dominating your time and vitality. Taking care of physical and psychological health, your period of confinement will certainly be more peaceful, productive and safe.
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