Please note that the blog below was written in December of 2020, when we were less than a year into the pandemic. As of this note (January 2022) many new developments have arisen, such as the development of three vaccines and an assortment of antiviral medications and other treatments. At this point, many readers are no longer needing to quarantine, or their quarantine periods are limited to just a few days rather than the indefinite period we were facing at the time of the blog below. Readers may be more interested in resources like my video on transitioning OUT of quarantine (linked here). Wishing you good health and all the best as we move forward together!
Quarantine life has been called “the new normal” over the past couple of months. Although it may be “normal” in the sense that it’s become common, it is understandably not feeling at all normal to us in terms of our wellbeing: in fact, quarantine life can pose some very unique challenges. While I can’t take that stress away, as a clinical psychologist I can offer some practical tips to handle quarantine life from a cognitive, behavioral, and emotional perspective. Some of the tips I offer will be exercises or other behaviors you can try, and some of them will be just simple ideas on perspectives that may be helpful. Many of the ideas and exercises will actually be helpful to you even after quarantine, so take heart in knowing you’re increasing your proverbial toolbox in ways that will be useful even when COVID19 is a thing of the past, at least in terms of pandemic levels. If you’re open to ideas on personal growth, then you’ve come to the right place!