Mental health guide launched for those observing self-quarantine

Mental health guide launched for those observing self-quarantine

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Staying at home could make us neglect the importance of taking (meals) properly. Please keep a habit of eating at the right time. A healthy diet contributes to our mental health. It may sound simple, but consuming nutritious meals gives a huge boost
Jakarta (ANTARA) - A practical guide for maintaining mental health and organizing work-from-home activities during self-quarantine was released on Monday even as the number of coronavirus cases in the country surged past 500.

The guide was launched by the Directorate of Research and Community Empowerment (DPPM) of the University of Indonesia and an expert from the university's Psychology Department.

The practical guide comprising seven to-do lists has been developed by Lathifah Hanum, a psychologist from the University of Indonesia. The lists have been endorsed by the research directorate, according to a statement received here today.

In a two-pages article, the expert has advised individuals who are self-quarantining at home to maintain a healthy diet.

"Staying at home could make us neglect the importance of taking (meals) properly. Please keep a habit of eating at the right time. A healthy diet contributes to our mental health. It may sound simple, but consuming nutritious meals gives a huge boost to our ability to feel joy," Hanum noted.

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In her second list, she has suggested that people chart out a variety of activities to avoid monotony. "While at home, try to not just complete daily routines, but also start working on hobbies and other fun activities, which were neglected because of office work," she advised.

According to Hanum, restricting time for work is also necessary to maintain mental health when staying at home. "Working from home does not mean we have to be available 24 hours," she said adding, a to-do list may be effective for people who struggle to keep track of time.

"An effective to-do list can be created only for a day activity," she explained.

The expert has also suggested people stick to activities that boost their moods, for example, drinking coffee and exercise.

Hanum has encouraged people to keep in touch with co-workers and relatives through online platforms. "Although there will be no physical contact, calling your friends may help maintain social connections with others," she explained.

She has also highlighted the importance of restricting consumption of news as it can affect mental health.

"Accessing information is now more convenient compared to earlier times. But, if we read or watch news updates for 24 hours straight, it may put pressure on our mental health. It's also necessary to look at trusted news portals and websites," she added.

In wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the Indonesian government has directed people to stay at home to curb infections, while the Jakarta Provincial government has declared a state of emergency and limited operating hours of public transportation services, restricted services of restaurants and bars to takeaways and deliveries, and closed schools and public facilities.

The new measure has been effective since last week and will continue till April 5. 

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