How to Deal with Isolation and Anxiety

During this heightened time of anxiety and concern, many people are staying home to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This of course creates a ripple of uncomfortable feelings for many, such as anxiety, boredom, sadness and isolation.
However, they are some activities we can do to manage this stress differently; possibly in a way that is even enjoyable, beneficial and productive.
  1. Remember – this is temporary! Today’s actions have been proven to be effective. They will not last forever and soon enough, regular life routines will be restored.
  2. Do things we often complain about not having enough time to do – read that book, start that new hobby, finish that puzzle you’ve been meaning to get to.
  3. Television – What would we do without it? – It’s all about balance. TV is a way to distract, but it also can prevent us from starting new projects as well.
  4. Start or maintain a fitness routine -- there are many ways in our digital world to do this from home.
  5. Call or write letters to family, friends and other loved ones -- this can often be something we put off “until there’s more time”.
  6. Start or continue reading a good book, or, consider developing a professional skill, like starting to learn a new language.
  7. Consider exploring the mind/body connection -- yoga and many guided meditation apps are available.
  8. Organize a room, a closet -- we often put this off as well when our busy lives feel demanding.
  9. Pick up a creative endeavor or hobby -- drawing, painting, origami, knitting, cooking, doing a jigsaw puzzle or crossword
  10. Spend quality time with pets, kids and family we may be quarantined with.
Whatever you decide to do, know there are many online resources to engage with others. Don’t be afraid to reach out. 
There are resources available to help if you need to connect:  Text 741741 or call 215-686-4420.
You are not in this alone; this is a difficult time for all of us. Reach out to your Mazzoni Center provider and remember, we’re all in this together.