How to maintain mental health during quarantine?
Just a few months ago, quarantine and the new conditions of social distance were unimaginable for most of the world’s population. Now, isolation, uncertainty, and the loss of former ways of being are a new reality to which one has to adapt. Naturally, we can find in ourselves and loved ones a variety of reactions to what is happening: denial, depreciation, fear of infection, frustration, boredom, anger, and stressful reactions to resources (food, money, housing). Many people may encounter emotional and psychological difficulties during this period, including those who were sufficiently stable before the crisis.
You can respond with a series of “symptoms” to what is happening. Maybe you:
- began to worry more and worry about your health,
- have difficulty sleeping and eating
- problematic fall asleep and out of focus
- experiencing an exacerbation of chronic diseases
- increased the amount of alcohol, nicotine, and other substances consumed.
It is important to note that all the reactions that appear are normal, it is useful to notice them and take appropriate care to yourself and relatives. Man by nature is a social animal. And of course, the loss of habitual social functioning and isolation can cause us anxiety, depression and feelings of helplessness.
The World Health Organization published an appeal to the world population with recommendations regarding the preservation of psychological health. Among them:
- Maintain your social connections. Physical isolation in modern times is not an obstacle to emotional or professional connectedness.
- Call, write to each other, conduct video conferences.
- Try as much as possible to adhere to the personal schedule, structure of the day.
- In stressful moments, pay attention to your needs and feelings.
- Include healthy activities that you like and help you relax in your daily schedule.
- Engage your body, stick to your sleep schedule, take care of food quality.
- A constant powerful flow of news about the dynamics of the virus can contribute to the emergence of anxiety. Select a specific time of day at which you can keep track of WHO news and practice. Avoid rumors and unverified sources of information.
Seeking support in difficult times is normal. If your social structure is not enough to help you stabilize, you can go to an online psychologist or join an online therapeutic group. The European Association of Psychotherapy has published an appeal about supporting the online format of psychotherapy as a quarantine crisis measure.
What movies do you recommend? What recipes are we preparing today? What books are trending? What educational games do you develop with the little ones? These are just some of the questions we ask ourselves daily in order to diversify the activities with which we want to fill the place of the hectic rhythm we had before.
Bemorepanda does not have the answer to all these questions, but proposes you to escape for 6 nights in the stories of the most beautiful movies with and about the world of wine. The imaginary journey begins with the opening of the wine, suggested by the winery specialists for each scenario. Have you heard the sound of wine flowing in glasses? Then it's time to press PLAY. Enjoy!
An extraordinary chronicle of excess and untruth. Not so much a story about wine, but an intriguing biography of a man, "Sour Grapes" is an incredible documentary that will leave you wondering if the story is fact or fiction. The movie tells the shocking story of the wine counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan, who generated the most shocking story of fraud in the wine industry.
"This is a movie about fathers and sons", which presents the child who wants to achieve through his own strengths. A young man, Elijah, feels caught between his dream of becoming a mastermind and his father's expectations of taking over the family restaurant. "Uncorked" is a fun, exciting movie, a perfect introduction to the world of wine for all lovers of this field.
You Will be My Son
A drama in French, from the wine country, featuring Paul de Marseul, a prestigious wine producer and owner of a famous castle and vineyard in Saint-Emilion. He does not want his son, Martin, to take over the family business. When Philippe, the son of his manager, appears at the vineyard, Paul has the chance to name him his successor, neglecting the wishes of his own son.
Keanu Reeves, wine and many tasty replicas. Winona Rider and a wedding on a dream vineyard. Love. Sarcasm. Venture. A movie that changes your perspective on romantic comedies.
Lifelong friends meet on a wine-soaked birthday in the Napa Valley, but their carefully planned weekend turns out to be something other than what they expected.
A good year
Even if you are not a fan of romantic comedies, you have to watch this movie, perfect for lovers of the Provence region, but also for Russell Crowe fans. Max (Russell) becomes the heir to his uncle's vineyard in Provence, where he had lived for 30 years. Thus begins the story, which shows the main character that "life is worth living."
In isolation, thousands of women around the world have started to post pictures of using a pillow as a dress. Bizarre posts quickly went viral. Each girl tried the pillow outlook and posted on social media the post with the hashtag #pillowchallenge.
The pillow is tied at the waist with a firm strap and the entire outfit is accessorized with a quality bag, and shoes with a heel. The new trend quickly became popular on instagram and a thousand users put the pillow on. Fashionable women, who got bored during quarantine, invented this funny but at the same time fashionable challenge.
Women are wearing different size and color pillows, some of them creating art and unique look, other making it total fun. Today we entertain ourselves online, while each of us is self-isolated and the wave of creativity is unstoppable. Flash mobs online are very popular today on Instagram and Tiktok.
It is not the first viral trend during quarantine. Just two weeks ago, women around the world cut their hair in front of the video camera and posted the result, often disastrous. The new trends and challenges are spreading fast, so the whole world being involved.
Over the past few months, the coronavirus pandemic seemed to stay out of the African continent. Coronavirus came around in the world's largest concentration of people with HIV. However this is no longer the case as people are now starting to prepare for the worst.
The first cases of COVID-19 in sub-Saharan Africa were confirmed just three weeks ago but the rate of infection in countries like South Africa is climbing easily.
With more than 200 people infected, the government has announced that schools are shutting down and large gatherings are banned.
The police is arresting citizens who test positive to the coronavirus and refuse to go into quarantine.
However, the authorities can't stop the coronavirus spreading and just about everyone in this country understands it, including South Africa's health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize.
"In any community, 60% to 70% of the population will be affected by the virus. We can't hide that... most of us will have this virus," he told a group of doctors in the capital Pretoria.
He asked the nation to be careful and understand the harmful effects of coronavirus, while South Africa has "unique dynamics" he said, with the world's largest concentration of people with HIV, plus a significant number with tuberculosis.
In the Chinese city of Wuhan, a cat spent 40 days at home alone, due to the fact that its owners were infected with coronavirus and were hospitalized.
The owner of a British shorthair cat named Le-Le said that his entire family of seven people became infected with the coronavirus on the eve of the Chinese New Year. By that time, the cat was at the last stage of pregnancy. When all family members were hospitalized, the owner of Le-Le did not ask others to look after the cat, because in his apartment it was possible to get infected of the deadly infection.
As a result, Le-Le was left alone in an empty apartment. The cat managed to survive thanks to two open bags of food that its owner had left before leaving for the hospital.
“I keep turtles and fish at the balcony in the aquarium. There was also filtered water that the cat could drink !, ”the owner explained.
Together with his wife, he closed all the windows and doors, in addition to the balcony, before leaving for treatment.
“After that, we had no idea what was happening in the apartment,” he admitted.
After 40 days, his wife was discharged from the hospital. She returned home and found that Le-Le gave birth to four kittens and feels great. However, the pet ate all the fish in the aquarium.