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Helpful tips to stay sane while sheltering in place

Updated: May 4, 2020

  • You can still go outside and enjoy the sunshine — Just make sure to wash your hands and not touch your face. Practice safe social distancing (at least 6 feet distance) when you come across other people.

  • Maintain daily habits — Wake up at your usual time, get dressed, drink water and make breakfast. Keeping these habits will help you cope and normalize staying inside for long periods of time.

  • Keep up your physical and mental health — You are able to do many different workouts in the comfort of your own home! Check out smartphone apps or find various things around the house to lift! Meditation apps like Headspace or the ambient background noise of a busy coffee shop can help bring peace when stressed.

  • Pick up a new hobby — Has that guitar been collecting dust in the closet or do you want to know how that book ends? Pick up new hobbies or renew old ones!

  • Don't forget about your friends and family — Social distancing doesn't mean you can't communicate with your friends and loved ones. Schedule FaceTime video chats, texts or calls. Keep up with people, because they are probably dealing with the same things that you are and miss your company!

Depression and anxiety is normal in quarantine situations where you are stuck inside for long periods of time. If you are in dire need for emotional and mental health support, please contact Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services or Momentum for Mental Health.

You are not alone!

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