How To Survive Self-Isolation During COVID-19

How To Survive Self-Isolation During COVID-19

It can be very difficult to have good mental health while self-isolating during COVID-19. As humans, we are programmed to connect with each other so it can be very tough not to visit with friends and family. Feelings of depression and anxiety can become strong during this stressful and sometimes lonely time. Being stuck at home can make it hard to feel motivated to do anything! And the enjoyment of having nothing to do but chill, can fade pretty quickly.

The pandemic has forced us all to reconsider how to have good mental health while we stay home and physically distance from others. Here are some tips on how to survive self-isolation during this pandemic:

1. The Basics

Go Outside

Luckily we are all still allowed to go outside and exercise! Take time each day to go for a walk, run, bike ride, skateboard, scooter, or rollerblade. Going outside will help to manage that cabin fever as well as boost your mood! The outdoors increases feel good hormones like endorphin and dopamine production in your brain! 

Talk to People

To manage feeling lonely remember to schedule time to speak with friends and family on the phone. There are also many, many free apps that you can use to virtually chat with people like facetime and Zoom. You can also book virtual counselling sessions to speak to a professional!

If you are ever experiencing a mental health crisis and you have no one to talk to remember that you can always call Nova Scotia’s Mental Health Crisis Line at 1-888-429-8167.

Turn Off the News

Listening to news about COVID-19 can increase stress, depression, and anxiety! So, remember to limit the amount of news you listen to each day to protect your wellbeing.

2. MORE Ideas

Make Your Bed Each Morning

Making your bed each morning is a great way to start the day. It gives you a sense of accomplishment by completing a task. By starting your day by completing this task, it can help you to complete more tasks during the day and thus help to make you feel more productive. Which will help to improve your mental health. It also may help you to not spend your entire day in bed!

Listen to Happy Music

Listening to happy music during the day can boost your mood because happy music releases dopamine into our brains (which is that feel good hormone). Spotify has free version and has awesome ‘happy music’ playlist!

Start a Daily ‘To Do’ List

Write on your calendar, phone, or piece of paper one different task you can do. Procrastination can be strong when you have all the time in the world. By writing down a task per day, it can be a tiny motivation to help you actually complete it. The task can my small like sweeping your kitchen floor or stretching for 10 minutes. By completing a small task each day, it will help you to feel good to contribute to your happiness!

Stay healthy,


Meet Julia Smith

Julia Smith, MEd, RCT, CCC, is a mental health counsellor in downtown Halifax. She helps kids, teens, and young adults who are struggling with anxiety, stress, and depression. Click here to learn more about her online Halifax counselling practice!

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