Social Distancing and Self-Quarantine: Tips for Self-Care

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In these unprecedented times brought by a global pandemic, the city streets seem quieter and markets may be shut. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 numbers continuing to increase worldwide, government health officials are constantly persuading everyone to follow social distancing and self-quarantine. Also, there is plenty of talk about these terms – most of which are new concepts to the general public and how they differ from one another. There is a social media boom on everyone sharing their idea of making the most of maintaining social distance and self-quarantine.

As it sometimes is difficult to understand the differences between the two and what each term entails, everyone is following these measures religiously. Isn’t this cool? However, the most important question is – what exactly are these measures and why are they important? Let’s find out.

What is Social Distancing and Self-Quarantine?

Social distancing and self-quarantine are necessary steps in flattening the curve. But these measures can have a huge impact on one’s mental health. Both can make us feel less productive and lonely. So, self-care must be a priority during this crisis. Now, let’s get into the basics.

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Your mental health is as important as your physical health. Photo Credits: Shutterstock

Social Distancing

Social distancing is a way to prevent people from being near one another which is enough to spread an infectious disease. In such a scenario, schools and other gathering places such as movie theatres or parks may close. Also, sports events and religious services are canceled.

A 2006 study published in the Emerging Infectious Diseases journal shows that social distancing policies are sketched to lessen the rise of pandemic flu without the aid of vaccination or over-the-counter drugs. This means during a global health crisis, social distancing plays a pivotal role in fighting a pandemic as much as vaccination does.

Along with regular hand washing and not shaking hands to avoid the spread of disease, people must stay at least 6 feet apart from others. Practicing social distance helps reduce the chances of catching an infection.

Self-Quarantine

Self-quarantine is a special form of social distancing and plays an effective role during an outbreak. According to a recent study, one of the most effective mechanisms to contain the spread of an infectious disease is the implementation of quarantine policies.

Self-quarantine is when you feel fine but distance yourself due to the possibility of being exposed to a disease. Self-quarantine is a restrictive act, wherein a person that feels unwell stays home and does not leave for a fortnight. During those fourteen days, the quarantined individual should check their health status twice a day and monitor symptoms which could include fever, coughing, or breathing problems.

Those in self-quarantine can go outside yet avoid being in crowded places. It is recommended that any movement like grocery shopping and other errands should be restricted. If ever you leave the house, it is advisable to wear a mask.

Self-Care Tips

As the world grapples with a global health pandemic, health authorities advise that social distancing and self-quarantine practices are crucial steps to flatten the curve.

Here are some DIY ideas to take care of your mind and body while staying indoors during a health crisis.

  • Take-up meditation: If you feel anxious about the current health scenario, you are not alone and it is okay to feel worried. Practicing mindfulness or taking up meditation is a good way to let go of the overwhelmed feeling and stress.
  • Try and maintain a fitness regime:  Don’t let staying at home keep you from being active. Follow a strict fitness schedule, eat healthy food, and follow good hygiene.
  • Pamper yourself to a DIY beauty treatment: Make a DIY face mask or an in-house manicure.
  • Get plenty of sleep: Studies indicate the best way to boost immunity is to ensure you are getting enough sleep.
  • Practice gratitude: Maintain a gratitude journal and remember all the good things that are present around you.

Following a period of quarantine or isolation, you may feel mixed emotions, including relief and gratitude or loneliness and frustration. During such a time, it is most important to look after yourself and avoid being in a negative state of mind.

As they say, bad times don’t last. So, this too shall pass.

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A journalism postgraduate from Macquarie University, Sydney, Sakina Kheriwala is a content writer at Organic Facts and an avid blogger who is passionate about health and wellness. Her blog “One in A Millennial” portrays her incomparable passion for writing, particularly on mental health. She believes that reading and writing is free and useful therapy. In her spare time, she is to be found reading books, socializing, and listening to soulful music. Sakina has completed an online e-certificate course on “Positive Psychiatry and Mental Health” from The University of Sydney, Australia.

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