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Fun Tips For COVID-19 Isolation and Boredom

Many people are struggling with isolation and boredom during the COVID-19 pandemic. People who have dealt with mental illness and past addictions may fear relapse or return of symptoms. During these challenging times, people are playing their part by social distancing, but it can affect other areas of life. Below are some tips to address isolation and boredom based on your situation.

Isolated with Your Family

Have each family member create surprise activities for the day. This could build anticipation and create the element of surprise. For example, you can create menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Regarding fun, have Netflix or Amazon Prime movie nights for people to watch, or have a game night for the family. Each household is different, but everyone could chip in on the fun that is unique to the family.

Isolated with Your Significant Other

Date nights do not have to end with social distancing. If you’re facing boredom, you or your significant other can create a date night filled with activities you can do at home or in the parameters of social distancing. For instance, you can create your own drive-thru movie experience with your significant other. You guys could order your favorite takeout or to-go meal and watch it from your car with your tablet or phone. This will create a romantic and fun experience that's good for the spirits.

 

Isolated by Yourself

Here are a couple of things that you can do to spend the time with your loved ones and friends. You could definitely initiate family and friends group video chats. You can even plan virtual game nights or virtual movie/TV nights. If virtual activities aren’t your thing, you could use that time to read a new book, develop new skills, or catch up on your favorite shows.

 

Overall, if you find that the COVID-19 is affecting your mental health, it may be best to reach out to a mental health provider for guidance. You and your provider will be able to create a plan that may address some of your concerns. They may consider you continuing with therapy or even starting medication management. But overall, they're to help you and hear your concerns. I hope these tips helped, and feel free to share them with your friends and family. Stay blessed.

 

Author
Dr. Ifeanyi Olele Ifeanyi Olele, DO, MBA, MS, is a board-certified psychiatrist who sees adolescent and adult patients in the greater Washington DC metropolitan area at Genesis Psychiatric Solutions. Dr. Olele is a dedicated psychiatrist in the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma-related stress disorders, and attention deficit disorders. Dr. Ifeanyi Olele is one of the few psychiatrists who utilizes psychotherapy (talk therapy) as part of his treatment plan.

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