3 min|Dr. Eric Posen
3 Tips to Nurture Your Well-Being In QuarantineWellness
In times of quarantine and social isolation, nurturing our well-being becomes an essential endeavor.The challenges brought on by these circumstances can take a toll on our mental, emotional, and physical health. However, amidst the uncertainties, we can empower ourselves with practical strategies to cultivate a sense of balance and positivity. In this blog by Dr. Eric Posen, we present three invaluable tips to help you navigate the quarantine period with greater resilience and well-being. From fostering a mindful mindset to embracing self-care practices, we'll explore ways to create a nurturing sanctuary within the confines of home. Let's embark on this journey together, finding strength and serenity even in the most trying times.
1. Have compassion for yourself and others
Recognize that everyone is doing their best in this time of crisis, including yourself. Remind yourself that everyone is navigating uncharted territory without a playbook. Anchor yourself with a breath exercise and just watch if you are reacting to the emotional instability of others. Just don’t participate in a reactive defensive manner. Use any of the calming tools I wrote about last week or any others you may love.
2. Stay socially connected
Social connection is certainly different with "physical distancing" -- and it may be more important than ever. Already the next epidemic that is being talked about is the wave of reactive anxiety and depression. Reach out to others by phone, email, text, or various social media platforms. Check in with older adults, anyone you know to be socially isolated, and daily friends and colleagues that you do not have contact with now due to quarantine or shelter-in-place orders.
3. Find personal space in isolation
Paradoxically, physical distancing is forcing people and families in close proximity for extended periods of time. During a stable time of emotional neutrality, discuss individual needs for personal space and develop a plan. Use this as a place and time to “reset” yourself.
Remember that self-compassion and patience are key virtues during these challenging times. Embrace the opportunity to deepen your connection with yourself and loved ones, and celebrate the small victories along the way. By incorporating mindfulness, self-care, and a positive outlook into your daily routine, you can create a sanctuary of well-being within the confines of home. As we navigate these uncharted waters together, let's find solace in the fact that we possess the resilience and strength to endure and thrive. Stay well, stay connected, and remember that brighter days are ahead. Take care, and may your journey towards wellness in quarantine be filled with grace and growth.