Coronavirus Quarantine Self-care Tips

By Maria Figueroa, Research Coordinator, Center for Health Equity Engagement Education and Research

Many of us have been ordered to work from home due to the coronavirus pandemic. Many people would take this stay-at-home order as a burden and others may enjoy it more than anything else. Today I would like to address those people that don’t know how to handle today’s new normal. Don’t go into panic and don’t let anxiety take over. Social distancing can be overwhelming at times but with all the new technology, things can get a little easier. I would like to share some of the many things that could help with calming the overwhelming thoughts and feelings. Following is a list of things that will help reduce your stress and anxiety:

  • Try cooking new recipes
  • Take some time to exercise, walk, do yoga and/or Zumba
  • Drink less caffeinated liquids, drink more water and caffeine-free teas
  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Drink less alcohol
  • Read books or magazines
  • Listen to music
  • Draw and/or paint
  • Learn something new
  • Play with your pet (if you have any pets)
  • Try breathing exercises and/or meditation
  • Keep a journal and write down the things that are causing you stress

Finally, take time for yourself. Think about all the great and positive things that can come out of this situation instead of the negative. With that being said, I will leave you with a quote someone said to me

“Aislados hoy

Para cuando nos volvamos a juntar, no nos falte gente”


“Isolated today

So that by the time we get back together, we’re not missing anyone”