Dr Morrison Loh is currently the Clinical Director at Raffles Health Insurance. Prior to this appointment, Dr Loh was the Deputy Physician Leader and oversaw daily operations of five primary care clinics and a regional clinical center in the Central Business District. In addition to practicing as a physician, he also facilitated clinical teachings and supervised conditional doctors.
As a nation, we are battling the spread of Covid-19. With the circuit breaker measures in place, we each do our part in this fight by practicing social distancing and staying at home. Although the importance of staying home and minimizing contact with others is clear to the majority of us, being at home 24/7 is a very new experience, and comes with its own set of challenges.
Why do many of us feel stressed out or even frustrated when staying home full-time?
Some people have also mentioned feeling guilt over their frustrations. Why is this so?
What are some things we do that actually feed our anxiety and worry?
What can we do to keep the #stayhome blues away?
Tip 1: Stay connected and maintain your social networks
Try these activities out with your friends!
- Schedule a group exercise session together over a video-call
- Hangout with friends to chat online
- Set-up a support group to share any struggles or strategies
- Have a Netflix party together!
Tip 2: Keep to a regular routine
Some things you can do:
- Engage in “boundary-crossing” activities such as getting ready for work in the morning as per usual, to switch your mind to “work-mode” and vice versa
- Assign one person to start morning greetings at an appropriate time to kick-off the workday routine
- Log off from work after working hours and focus on other activities instead
Tip 3: Engage in healthy activities that you enjoy and find relaxing
Try these activities at home:
- Stay fit and flatten the (tummy) curve with simple 10-20 minute online exercise classes
- Find your inner artist with drawing or painting courses
- Learn how to prepare some healthy snacks for munching at your home office
- Stimulate your brain cells with free online courses – even from Harvard!
Tip 4: Minimize exposure to news about Covid-19 that causes you to feel anxious
Here are some other methods you can adopt:
- Do not follow every media channel. Choose one or two official channels to subscribe to
- Avoid forwarding any Covid-19 myths or news that has not been verified
- Ask a friend or colleague to share relevant information privately if you feel overwhelmed
Tip 5: Find opportunities to amplify positive and hopeful stories
Share some of these uplifting stories as well:
Stay Safe and Healthy Everyone!
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