As COVID-19 spreads across the United States, activities outside of the home such as work, gym and entertainment are restricted. People are being advised to stay inside and have little to no contact in-person. With minimal options for activities, this can cause “cabin fever”. Cabin fever isn’t a real psychological disorder, and there is no definition for it. However, psychologists describe cabin fever as the range of emotions experienced from being stuck inside. This includes hopelessness, restlessness, and difficulty concentrating.
Personality type has a lot to do with how quickly cabin fever may affect an individual. Those who are more extroverted and spend more time outside their home with friends are more prone to feeling the symptoms. Those who are introverted may be used to spending more time by themselves, so they are less likely to feel affected by being stuck inside right away.
For someone living in a sober living home, they may feel isolated from seeing friends, family, and going to work. There are many ways to combat cabin fever and stay busy during the quarantine. Here are some helpful tips:
1. Establish a Routine
Establishing a routine while you are home is essential. Not only will this help you transition back to your regular work schedule easily, but it will help you stay busy. You should wake up at the same time you do every day and get dressed instead of staying in your pajamas. This can help you be more productive. Eat meals at your regular time, and if you are working from home, set aside some time for breaks and lunch. Make sure you choose a reasonable time to go to sleep. Getting enough sleep will help reduce anxiety.
Gyms are providing at-home workout videos that you can access from your computer or mobile device. You also have the option to workout outside or walk, hike, or bike ride. Getting fresh air and being out in open space can reduce depression and anxiety.
3. Stay Busy
If you’re stuck at home, it’s a great time to organize your living space and reduce clutter. This also gives you extra time to take up a new hobby such as learning to cook, reading, or art projects.
4. Connect with others
Although social distancing is recommended, you can still connect with friends and family via Skype or FaceTime.
5. Talk to a therapist
If you are having anxiety about the Coronavirus, make sure you speak to a licensed therapist to help you through these times.
Make sure you are aware of the symptoms of COVID-19 and how you can prevent the spread.
What are the Symptoms of COVID-19?
Here are the most common symptoms of COVID-19:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- High Fever
- Persistent pain or chest pressure
- Confusion and irritability
- Some people report nasal congestion and sneezing
- In rare cases, diarrhea
How can I Avoid the Risk of Getting and Spreading COVID-19?
According to the CDC, here are some steps you can take to reduce the risk of getting COVID-19:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing
- Avoid close contact with those who show respiratory illness
- Avoid touching your face, mouth, and eyes
- Use hand sanitizer
- Frequently clean surfaces and objects
We know this is a difficult time, but staying busy and reducing stress is essential to sobriety. Dignity Hall Sober Living Homes make sure you have the support to remain sober to prevent relapse. Contact us today at 855.380.7560.