As you will know, everyone is being asked to adhere to social distancing measures, staying two metres apart from people outside of their household. This is to reduce social interaction between people and to help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). Nicola recently gave out stickers to businesses in Putney that are open, to enable them to manage their queues and to remind customers to keep two metres apart.
Spending days or weeks at home with limited resources, stimulation and social contact can take its toll on mental health. You maybe experiencing a variety of feelings, all of which are normal emotions in the current situation:
- Fear and anxiety – you may feel anxious or worried about yourself or your family members contracting COVID-19, or spreading it to others. It’s also normal to have concerns about obtaining food and personal supplies, taking time off work, or fulfilling family care obligations. Some people may have trouble sleeping or focusing on daily tasks.
- Depression and boredom – a hiatus from work and other meaningful activities interrupts your daily routine and may result in feelings of sadness or low mood. Extended periods of time spent at home can also cause feelings of boredom and loneliness.
- Anger, frustration or irritability – the loss of agency and personal freedom associated with isolation and quarantine can often feel frustrating. You may also experience anger or resentment towards those who have issued quarantine or isolation orders, or if you feel you were exposed to the virus because of another person’s negligence.
Four tips on how to cope:
1. Limit news consumption to reliable sources: It’s important to obtain accurate and timely public health information regarding COVID-19, but too much exposure to media coverage of the virus can lead to increased feelings of fear and anxiety.
2. Create and follow a daily routine: Maintaining a daily routine can help both adults and children preserve a sense of order and purpose in their lives, despite the unfamiliarity of isolation and quarantine.
3. Stay virtually connected with others: Your face-to-face interactions may be limited, but psychologists suggest using phone calls, text messages, video chat and social media to access social support networks.
4. Maintain a healthy lifestyle: Get enough sleep, eat well and exercise in your home when you are physically capable of doing so.
Here is Nicola, who took a selfie in front on the rainbow wings to cheer herself up whilst walking round Putney.