Living in isolation for a prolonged period can cause depression, What can you do? J Bajar, PT,DPT,MS

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, companies are sending their employees to work at home while schools are making their students take their classes online. In case you are not aware, which I highly doubt, COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an outbreak in Wuhan, China. Nowadays, public health officials are advising people to "Social Distance" to slow down the spread of this contagious virus. Social Distancing is measures taken to limit opportunities for large groups of people to gather and as advised by the authorities, “staying at home” is the best way to do it. Considering how we consider our home as our personal safe space, working at home doesn’t sound much of a bad idea. However, studies show that being at home for a long time can cause extreme feelings of loneliness, depression, and isolation. This is sometimes referred to as cabin fever. So, with this information, how can we get through this period of staying at home feeling less lonely and less depressed? Here are a few tips from the stay at home moms and people who have worked at home on escaping cabin fever and isolation blues:

1. Clean and Decorate your space

With the rising rates of people contracting the coronavirus, there is no place to go but home. Whether you like it or not, for the next few weeks, this is where you will eat, work, sleep and do everything you need to do until the threat of the virus subsides. So, considering how this is where you will spend most of your time, make sure that you are in a space that you can live with. According to psychologists, having a clean and organized space is good for your mental health. When you have a cluttered space, you are more likely to get distracted. Plus, it can affect how your brain process information and can also leave you feeling unstable. So, do yourself a favor, clean your house and decorate your space. It will not only put you in a good mood, but it will also make your life in quarantine a bit easier. Plus, it is easier to feel inspired and productive when you are in a place that you love.

2. Create a schedule for the day

One of the perks of staying at home is that you have more freedom with your time. You can wake up late and work all night or watch movies the whole afternoon and finish work after midnight. Now that you are staying at home, you can be more flexible with your time. But just like everything else that is in excess, it can be bad for you. Having too much freedom is like a double-edged sword. It can work for you at times, but considering how humans crave structure by nature, having too much freedom with your time will only leave you feeling lost and directionless. This only goes to show how important it is to have a schedule. Having