Thank you for writing about this isolation and frustration from staying at home. You are not alone, and there are important things that you can do to help yourself. The first of these you’ve already done by reaching out to us here at Psych Central.
I have four important suggestions for coping with what is happening. Research on resilience and hardiness during outbreaks suggests that not immersing yourself in negativity is the most important thing you can be doing for your well-being. Toward this end limit the amount of news you expose yourself to. My recommendation is no more than 15 minutes a day. You can break that up in any way you like. Three five-minute periods, a ten and five minute period, or once a day for the whole time. But keep the input of news limited as there isn’t something important that you will miss by taking this smaller dose. The information will drag you down due to its repetitive and explicit nature. Limiting the news input is one of the most important things to limit the degree of worrying.
Secondly, I would look for good new sources to be inspired by those stories and acts of courage that move us.
Next, I would encourage you to develop a routine and plan micro-goals to get through the day. Plan a schedule of what you want to do during the day, and then break it down hour by hour of what it is you feel would be productive. This might be as simple as cooking a meal or cleaning a closet. But it is important to have goals for the day and micro-goals throughout.
Wishing you patience and peace,
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