Self-care is especially important now. This is because quarantine is very lonely so we have to spend more time checking in on our own mental health.
Luckily, in the packet, “My COVID Plan” there are many great tips on how to prioritize yourself during this challenging time.
If you have to quarantine in your room for two weeks, it is important to have the things that make you happy. For example, try and get your favorite foods, drinks, and entertainment wherever you are quarantining. It would be best do different activities in different parts of the room. However, it is far more important to have technology that will allow you to stay connected with friends, family, and caregivers.
There are many great local organizations that allow for socially distanced social interaction. If curious here is a list of organizations to look into:
- Best Buddies Washington: http://bestbuddies.org/washington
- People First of Washington: http://peoplefirstofwashington.org
- Friendship Circle: https://www.friendshipcirclewa.org
Sometimes our mental health can improve by prioritizing our physical health too. Even though we are in quarantine we can still go exercise outside as long as our masks are on and we are at least 6 feet away from strangers.
Here is a list of ways you can care for your emotional or mental health
- Talk to family, friends, or mental health counselor
- Listen to relaxing music
- Video journaling
- Activities that you enjoy
- Express your feeling and communicate
- Create a routine
- Eat foods and drinks that you enjoy
- And many more! (Ask your family and friends for more ideas!)
Check out this helpful guide on navigating our current crisis that is put together by DD Ombuds and Informing Families.
If you would like a My Covid Booklet mailed to you email [email protected] or call 833 – 727 – 8900 (extension 820).