Facing Another Lockdown Quarantine: How to Stay Clean This Time Around
Avoiding Idle Time Is Vital
“Idle hands are the devil’s playground.” This old saying is meant to promote productivity, and it points out an essential truth – idleness causes your mind to wander. If you are feeling bored, you will look for something to do. It may be mindless scrolling through social media platforms for some, but it means dealing with cravings and triggers for those in recovery.
Boredom is a bad emotional state that brings on feelings of discontentment. As you’d expect with other negative emotions, your brain will attempt to find ways of positive stimulation. For those in recovery, their reward centers have been conditioned to seek drugs and alcohol as sources of positive emotions. Only through a continued focus on healing, coping techniques, and help from others can individuals resist the urge to give in to their cravings.
The COVID-19 lockdowns have left many of us with nothing to do. There is nowhere to go, no deadlines to be met, and no expectations at all. When you couple this with the stress of facing an economic downturn and a global pandemic, it can easily send people into their vices seeking comfort. You must fill your day with purpose, no matter the circumstances. It could be as simple as catching up with an old friend, taking a new class online, or learning how to bake. These are all positive means of dealing with the pandemic without drugs or alcohol. It will help you avoid being idle and bored.
You Must Manage Stress Levels
In some cases, stress is a positive weapon that helps you take action, stay alert, and fuel productivity. In a global pandemic, stress will cause you to take the virus seriously and take the necessary precautions. Unfortunately, stress can cause effects detrimental to your health, and it could lead to sleep issues, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and mental health problems like depression and anxiety.
You must find ways to manage stress effectively in quarantine. Fortunately, there are many ways to address anxiety and stress related to the pandemic. You must limit your news and social media intake, prepare your family, and follow the latest COVID-19 prevention practices.
If you’ve been through the recovery process, you are already aware of strategies to cope with stress. You must get back in touch with them and speak to others in recovery about how they’re managing stress. There are some other vital options to manage stress, as well.
Exercise is an ideal way to manage stress because it involves physical effort. Other methods include reading, meditation, and other mental tasks to help cope with stress. When you’re dealing with stress and your mind is filled with anxiety, it’s hard to focus on other things.
Another stress management technique vital for your overall health is sleep. A consistent sleep schedule is a must, and according to the CDC, a third of adults won’t get the recommended amount of sleep. You won’t have trouble getting enough sleep during quarantine, but you might struggle with consistent or restful sleep. With no work or other obligations, you may be staying up longer and sleeping in later.
Keeping a regular sleep schedule will help you to avoid sleep disorders and maintain restful sleep.
How You Can Help Others
Those in recovery will learn the value of connection through listening to others’ problems and acting as a support group. Group therapy and other 12-step programs force you out of your mind and listen to others. It is mutually beneficial because when you support someone else, you build connections that create your support system. You must reach out and ask how others are doing – it will improve your time in lockdown and make a world of difference for someone else. We understand these are challenging times, but if you practice these skills, you can manage your sanity and make it out of this stronger than before.