If you’re in quarantine for an illness, it can feel like the worst time to be sober. And with all the news about how everyone from your mailman to your doctor is sick, it’s easy to get discouraged and want to drink more than ever.
But there are ways that sobriety can help you cope with being quarantined. But here are some tips for you:
Get outside as much as possible, even if it’s just to go on a walk around the block.
Staying indoors in quarantine can make you feel isolated and depressed, so get out of your house whenever you have the chance.
Exercise is a great way to stay healthy while dealing with anxiety and depression, so try to find time each day to exercise outdoors (or at least take a walk).
Going outside also gives you access to fresh air and sunlight, which your body needs for vitamin D production and good overall health.
Get some exercise. The benefits of exercise are well known and include, but are not limited to: increased energy, better sleep, weight loss, improved mood and self-esteem, enhanced cardiovascular health (which helps your heart), as well as reduced stress levels.
You can maintain your fitness level while in quarantine by taking a walk every day or doing some yoga or stretching exercises each morning if you have space available in the living area of your location.
It’s also important to get outside when possible so that you can breathe fresh air and receive vitamin D from the sun which will help boost your immune system and keep you healthy overall!
If you’re in quarantine, here are some of the other ways you can practice self-care:
Maintaining your routine is essential to maintaining sobriety.
Creating a workable routine will help you stay focused, and it can also give you something to do during quarantine that isn’t alcohol-related.
The first step in creating a routine is identifying what works for you and what doesn’t.
You are not going to be able to read the same book series over and over again, nor would it be beneficial if you did.
If reading helps keep your mind off of drinking, find other activities that also have this effect on you.
If running helps keep your mind off of drinking, try doing that instead of reading or watching TV when the urge strikes.
If writing helps keep your mind off of drinking (and it does for some people!), then write!
When you’re in quarantine, your daily routine will be different from what it was before.
Chances are, you’ll feel more anxious and stressed—and that’s normal. But there are things you can do to maintain your mental health and well-being:
Sleep is important for your physical and mental health, but it’s not the only thing you need to do.
You can get some rest by relaxing, meditating, or doing breathing exercises. If you can’t sleep during a quarantine period (because of stress or anxiety), consider taking a nap at some point during the day.
If you can, meditate. You might not be able to sleep or eat very much, but meditation is going to be your best friend in quarantine. How?
Even when you’re in quarantine, it’s important to maintain your sobriety. If you relapse or slip up, don’t beat yourself up
—just get right back on track.
Here are some tips for staying sober:
The key to maintaining your sobriety in quarantine is to take it one day at a time. It can be hard, but you can do it!
With the right attitude and some preparation, you’ll get through this difficult experience just fine.