Published on April 14, 2020

How to Stay Emotionally Fit While Quarantined

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COVID-19 Updates

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With COVID-19 impacting daily life, community members may be feeling more worried and more anxious. Having tools to manage isolation and stay healthy both emotionally and physically are essential through this time of being quarantined. The good news is there are things you can do for self-care through this period.

“It’s important to keep a schedule and I recommend write on a calendar your schedule for the day, including little things like calling a friend or going outside for a walk,” said Paul Erickson, Medical Director of Psychiatry & Addiction Services at Cottage Health. “We all need structure and routine, and that helps us stay grounded.”

Managing Stress

Some other fundamental ways to help manage stress and create a sense of organization and control each day include:

  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Stay socially connected by reaching out to family and friends
  • Exercise every day – take long walks or participate in online yoga or fitness classes
  • Eat healthy – prepare nutritious meals to fuel your energy
  • Try out new interests or ventures – learn a language, play music, read, find an online community

“This is also a time when many people with substance use disorders can experience relapses or a worsening of their problems,” Dr. Erickson said. “To help those individuals in Santa Barbara, AA meetings are available online, and the Bridge Clinic’s doors are open to anyone with substance issues who would like help.”

The Bridge Clinic, a partnership of Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics and Cottage Health, offers medical care and behavioral health services for those who need assistance: 805-324-8336.

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