Practical tips to overcome Quarantine Anxiety in the wake of COVID-19 Outbreak

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It can be really daunting to stick to one place and remain confined for a very long time, especially when there isn’t much to do or engage in. However, here are a few to-dos suggested by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) to help reduce the uneasiness during this quarantine season.

• Talk to the other members of the family about the COVID-19. Understanding the disease will reduce anxiety: this quarantine season might just be a good time for parents and their kids to gather and talk about the corona virus, its effects and measures to ensure that everyone’s health is secured. More importantly, getting enlightened on this might beneficially eject any form of anxiety among you.
 
• Reassure young children using age-appropriate language: there’s no need to incite more fear and panic with all that’s already going on. When dealing with children, be sure to use an age-appropriate language such that they may be able to understand and interpret what you are telling them.
 
• Think about how you have coped with difficult situations in the past and reassure yourself that you will cope with this situation too: Indeed, nothing lasts forever and just as you have been able to overcome trying times, reassure yourself that you’ll be able to pass this “pandemic test”. Remember that quarantine won’t last for long.
 
• Keep in touch with family members and friends via telephone, email or social media: now that you’re home and don’t have much to do, you can feel free to keep in touch with all friends and family that you miss without having to guilt yourself with the excuse of “I am busy”. Make time and check up on them, tell a few jokes to get yourselves distracted, tease yourselves if it will lighten up the mood. Check to know if you’re all practicing the appropriate preventive and healthy measures.
 
• Stock plenty of materials to read to keep your mind occupied: try and read a book or two a day to keep your mind occupied. If reading isn’t your thing, then you could try engaging in any of your hobbies (something you love to do indoors) but don’t restrict yourself. Go ahead and challenge your abilities. You might not be a book-loving fanatic but you could try reading a story book (not so voluminous).
 
• Exercise regularly from your quarantine area: while at home, you can practice a few stomach exercises, push ups or even more convenient, download any exercising apps to use at home. Again, if you don’t have any gym equipment at home and you enjoy lifting stuff, you can use available resources like filled water gallons or heavy (but not dangerous) objects.

• Ensure that you drink at least 8 glasses of water every day to keep hydrated: drink a lot of room temperature water…at least 8 glasses of water (NB. Not just glasses or wine glasses) any regular sized glass good for a glass of juice or water would do.
 
• Eat all your meals in a timely manner: the generally accepted food ingestion period is three square meals a day; breakfast at 7/7:30am, lunch at 12/1pm and supper at 5pm. Of course, some fruits and snacks can be allowed in between but limit the sugary foods and heavy eating at very inconvenient times.