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Coping with the Coronavirus and Quarantine

The coronavirus has far reaching implications for society as a whole and for our families – our daily routines more specifically. Families across the country are huddled in their homes and are subject to mandatory quarantines, travel restrictions and school closures. These changes disrupt everyone’s daily routines. While having our children home from school and being off of work can be blessings, it can also be a source of stress as families deal with the changes brought on by this pandemic. Making changes and understanding how to cope with the stress and uncertainty caused by the coronavirus is important.

Help children and loved ones

Our children and loved ones are likely to have a lot of questions. They may look to you for guidance. It is certainly helpful to be informed and prepared to answer as many of these questions as you can. Sometimes, children may persist with questions even when you do not have all the answers. Often, their uncertainty about the future and the disruption that all the new changes bring to their daily routines can make these fears worse. It is important to reassure our children and to be patient with them during these difficult times. Listen to their concerns, show them that you care and do things together as a family to try to take their mind off of COVID-19.

Manage your stress and seek help

Many people with preexisting medical and mental health conditions may get worse with all of the stress surrounding the pandemic. As we learn to cope with this new reality, the situation can cause people anxiety and increased worry. If you are more depressed and cannot control your worry, please make sure to reach out to a qualified mental health professional. If you do not know who to talk to, contact your insurance company for assistance.

Ways to cope with stress 

Although these are unprecedented times, we can use this as an opportunity to reconnect with ourselves and our loved ones. There are many ways to find enjoyment and fulfillment during this time. Here are some suggestions of things that you can do as a family or on your own:

  1. Set up a daily routine to provide structure for your family. Having a schedule can help reduce stress and bring some predictability back to all of your lives.
  2. Make a list of different household tasks you have put off and want to get done. Now may be the perfect time for organizing, fixing things around the house or deep cleaning.
  3. Find time to exercise. There are so many online resources providing free or expanded services during the COVID-19 pandemic. These fitness videos are entertaining, fun and a great way to move your body and help you cope with stress.
  4. Learn something new. Have you wanted to try a new arts and crafts project, master a new skill for work or maybe even learn about a different career field? Now may be the perfect time to dedicate yourself to trying something different.
  5. Go for a walk. Getting outside is great for your mental health and can help lower your stress levels. Getting fresh air while maintaining social distancing can be a very healthy way to fill your time.
  6. Tackle your yard work. Being in nature, even if it is just your own backyard, can help boost your mood. Spend some time doing some gardening, pulling weeds, planting flowers, or starting your spring garden.
  7. Meditate and connect with your spirituality. Meditation has many scientifically proven benefits. It can help reduce stress, improve your health and be a reset when you are feeling anxious. Faith can also be of great comfort during times of uncertainty.
  8. Set goals for changes you want to make when our world returns to normal. Although it may not seem like it right now, the current situation with COVID-19 will not last forever. Instead of worrying about the future, make plans to make a positive change. For example, have you always wanted to run a marathon? Set some goals now, so you can be ready to spring into action.

Most importantly, find what healthy coping mechanisms work for you, take care of yourself, and find ways to enjoy your time with your family.

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Jackson House

We built Jackson House because we realized there was a critical gap in our healthcare system and many individuals with mental illnesses and substance abuse problems were struggling because of it. While there are many outpatient treatment options and locked, inpatient facilities there was nothing in the middle. Nothing to help people who needed around the clock care but wanted to receive treatment voluntarily, on their own terms. Jackson House is different. We provide clients with the level of care they need in a welcoming environment. When you walk through our doors, we will meet you wherever you’re at and help you on your journey toward feeling better.

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If you’re a provider and need to send us information on a client, please feel free to fax us at 619-303-7044. If you need help immediately, call our 24-hour crisis line at 1-800-766-4274. If you have a medical emergency, call 911. Jackson House is licensed by the State of California Community Care Licensing Division and certified by the Department of Health Care Services. We are also CARF Accredited. If you have any client or quality of care concerns, please reach out to us at (888) 255-9280. If your concerns need further attention, you can contact the Department of Public Health at 619-278-3700 or the Community Care Licensing Division at 1-844-538-8766.