Some tips for when you are in lockdown

  • Drink plenty of water and eat as healthily as possible.
  • Social distancing does not mean emotional distancing; use technology to connect widely.
  • Develop clear routines and schedule, 7 days a week, at home — don’t go overboard.
  • Maintain exercise and physical activity, daily if possible.
  • Engage in learning and intellectual engagement — books, reading, limited internet unless that is where you are doing you're learning and reading.
  • Focus on positive family time — it’s important to counter negativity. This might be the first time you and your family have had such concentrated time together. Enjoy it!
  • Take some time to reflect and think. If that means meditating, great, if it means vegetating, great. Just be deliberate about making that part of your day
  • Get back to your reading list or other things you really enjoy doing that you never have time for: Think of what you can do in this situation, and find a way to do it!
  • Limit exposure to television and internet news; choose small windows of time and then find ways to cleanse yourself of any resulting negative feelings or stress

Remember: 

  • Things will get better eventually, and go back to normal; the world is NOT collapsing (don’t go “catastrophic”).
  • Most people are good, and people are going to persevere and help each other
  • You’re tough; you’ve overcome challenges before — this is a new one
  • This is a particularly strange and unprecedented situation; a little humor can help
  • If you’re having obsessive or compulsive thoughts related to the virus or the broader uncertainty, wash your hands ONCE.  Then remind yourself that anxiety is normal in this scenario. But remember that the mind also can also play tricks on us. So try to breathe and move the internal discussion on to something better. 
  • Live in the moment — think about today, less about the next three days, even less about next week. And limit thinking about the next few months or years, for the time being.

If you are an Antara Member contact your Health Navigator If:

  • You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • Your condition gets worse
  • Any difficulty breathing develops
  • Confusion, inability to communicate properly, or any new symptoms

If you are NOT an Antara Member call the emergency hotline if:

  • You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • Your condition gets worse
  • Any difficulty breathing develops
  • Confusion, inability to communicate properly, or any new symptoms
  • Your symptoms do not start to improve after 7 days

EMERGENCY HOTLINE NUMBERS 0729 471 414, 0732 353 535 or toll free @ 0800 721 316

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