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How to Stay Sane in Quarantine

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November 2, 2020 Read Time - 5 minutes

How to Stay Sane in Quarantine

As the global coronavirus spreads, many of us find ourselves being asked to shelter in place.

As of March 26, more than half of U.S. states have imposed lockdown measures restricting movement and social contact.

You may be busy with school, work, or family, but at some point or another we’ve all found ourselves feeling inescapably bored, trapped inside our homes. Below we’ve put together a list of tips and tricks to pass the time and stay sane during quarantine. 

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Lay down, or sit on a pillow and take a breath in for five counts, hold for three counts, and release for five counts. Easing our mind and making an active effort to be present with ourselves is one healthy way to relieve stress and isolate our thoughts during these chaotic times.

Fix your sleep schedule

Between the stress of work, late shifts, school work or simply habit, it can be hard to get the proper amount of sleep our body needs. With no obligations to leave the house, now more than ever might be the perfect time to try crawling under sheets earlier. Having trouble sleeping? Check out our insomnia treatment program.

Start a new book

In the digital age, you may find it hard to read for pleasure. With all this time on your hands, we recommend starting that book you’ve always wanted to check out. Not only is good for the brain, but it can help you escape from the constant stream of headlines and alerts. 

Learn an instrument

If it won’t bother your neighbors, try picking up some new musical skills. There are endless tutorials to help you learn online, just make sure you’re thoughtful of those around you.

Start a blog or journal

We are living through historic times, and maybe someday you or your loved ones will want to read about the experience. It can be therapeutic to write about your experiences and feelings as well, especially when anxiety is high.

Write some poetry

Maybe the last time you wrote poetry was in middle school, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth a shot. Poetry can be a fun way to exercise the brain and express emotions you might otherwise have difficulty formulating.

Read: COVID-19 Mental Health Center

Download a language learning app

Maybe you want to travel after this is all over, so pick up some basic conversational skills while you wait.

Treat yourself to a spa day

Put on a face mask, rub in moisturizer, and heat a bath up for your relaxing evening of self care. This can help relieve stress and anxiety at a much needed time.

Try out some online yoga or exercise tutorials

Getting in a workout at home will help keep you active and healthy. Your body and your mind will thank you. Plus the chemicals released in the brain during and after exercise are proven mood boosters!

Watch an entire movie series

Maybe you’ve been wanting to binge the Harry Potter movies again and couldn’t find the time. Whether it’s just you or the whole family, everybody loves growing with their favorite characters.

Try some new TV shows

With so many streaming platforms each offering thousands of shows surely you’ll be able to find something entertaining! Or maybe go back and rewatch that one show for the 30th time, it’s up to you.

Do a puzzle

Whether you just want to kill an hour or if you’re looking to cover the entire table for the next week, a puzzle is a great way to be frustrated and satisfied all at once. 

Reach out to old friends

Just because social distancing means we can’t be with each other physically doesn’t mean we aren’t an important part of each others lives. If you’re finding yourself bored or lonely, take the time to reconnect with old friends who probably are feeling the same.

Call your parents and grandparents

The elderly are in the most danger of contracting serious symptoms from the coronavirus, so take the time to check in on them. If you aren’t sure what to talk about, try interviewing them to hear new stories and perspectives that you’ve never considered before.

Cook or bake

Try making that meal you’ve always thought looked good but was too tricky to try cooking for yourself. If you can get your hands on the ingredients, this is one sure way to distract yourself and earn a treat.

Clean the house

…Or maybe just your room. Living in a clean space can relax your mind and help you focus on the tasks you need to get done. 

Get your taxes done

Tax season is arriving soon, so skip the rush and get them out of the way today.

Make a list of things you miss being able to do

When all is said and done, not only will you know what to do first, but you’ll never forget to appreciate what you have.

Finally, stay healthy

Disinfect surfaces frequently, wash your hands, and practice social distancing.

If you or a loved one begin to experience symptoms of the virus, make an online appointment with one of our PlushCare doctors today. Our doctors can provide the necessary recommendation and lab order that many testing sites, including drive throughs, require.

Read More About Coronavirus Mental Health


Wall Street Journal. A Guide to State Coronavirus Lockdowns. Accessed March 26, 2020 at

New York Times. Readers’ Ideas for Finding Community and Cheer at Home. Accessed March 26, 2020 at

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