The increase in cases of covid 19 It has been very explosive in recent weeks, in fact, as of today, a growing number of active cases were recorded daily, which have increased the figures for weeks, exceeding historical figures. Of these cases, each one has a constant responsibility, since they must comply with the most efficient measure to not continue spreading the virus in the environment: the quarantines.
In the document, “Practical Guide to Emotional Well-being, Quarantine in times of Covid 19”of Ministry of Health Submits that: “Quarantine, without a doubt, is one of the measures that has most altered the usual ways of living together and for which we were not socially and emotionally prepared. It is understandable that, in situations of uncertainty and constantly updated information, fear and anxiety appear. These reactions are expected, and even necessary to keep us alert and attentive. However, when they become very intense or are prolonged over time, they can affect our well-being and mental health”.
This is why having a support network is essential, for this article we will divide it into two concepts: psychological support network and one operational support network.
The psychological support network, has to do with the support, the emotional containment of the patient, since being locked up one feels vulnerable. The confinement in a certain way is psychologically diminishing and obviously that causes some type of damage.
It is very important that there is an environment of active listening, that can support, that makes its presence felt; a friend, a family member, someone close who is there, since confinement makes people more sensitive and that support is essential.
How generally notification of the Health Department it comes as a surprise one is not prepared to shut himself up during his quarantine, even more so when he is alone or when he is in a health residence, therefore help in the operational part is essential, that is, support in those common things of daily life.
Go to the supermarket for basic supplies; go to the pharmacy in the case of medicines that one usually consumes; go out to buy some fruits and vegetables, these are tasks that become more complex and that is where the support networks become essential to simplify those days of confinement.
How to cope with quarantine? Some suggestions:
It is essential, since in the context of vulnerability and confinement in which the person finds himself, they will only generate anguish due to the situation that is being experienced and “heads up”.
Staying mentally active is essential, design a calendar of activities: that allow you to stay active. Within the possibilities challenge yourself to do things that you usually do not do or have pending. For example: Reading a book, writing, puzzles, painting, etc.
Communication with the environment and support networks are essential. Keep your messaging platforms active and working, as they will be the communication channels with the outside world.
Making a meeting by video call with friends or family will be a great support.
Stay active on social media
It is a good way to generate conversations, moments of fun. You can share experiences, fun things, etc. They mainly help to avoid downtime.
The humor It is a very good tool to combat the stress and anxiety caused by confinement.
make a calendar of series or movies that you want to see on the different platforms that you have available, it is a very good strategy to consume time and generate an entertainment space within the confinement.
If you have a friend or acquaintance in the health field, ask if you can call if you feel any strange symptoms.
This helps a lot to understand the evolution of the virus and reduces anxiety for not knowing its behavior, in addition to feeling support.
Performing it as much as possible is an excellent therapy, since it releases endorphins, reduces stress, relieves anxiety and helps mitigate the symptoms that you will experience with confinement.