Dealing with quarantine depression during mental health struggles

It’s been a real struggle dealing with quarantine depression during my mental health struggles. Going from a busy, social lifestyle to total isolation has taken its toll. Suddenly, I’m forced to confront all sorts of emotions that have been simmering underneath for a while now. It can feel overwhelming and it’s a difficult battle to navigate.

I’ve tried to find ways of managing these feelings throughout the course of quarantine, like getting plenty of sleep, reaching out for support when I need it, and just generally trying to look after myself as best I can. Even then, it can still be hard to shut off some of the noise in my head. It can leave me feeling really helpless and frustrated at times.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that something as simple as solitude becomes much more complicated during periods of mental health struggles. What helps me is keeping perspective - if I take one day at a time and offer kindness to myself when things get tough, eventually these feelings will start to pass too.

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Hey there,

I’m sorry to hear that you’re struggling with this right now. It’s definitely hard to transition from a busy, social lifestyle to total isolation and I understand why it’s been overwhelming for you.

First and foremost, know that what you’re feeling is totally valid and it’s ok to reach out for support when you need it. It can be a great help just having someone to talk to about what’s going on. There are also a lot of helpful resources that you can use in your difficulty managing depression during quarantine - try out some breathing exercises or mindfulness techniques, read your favorite book, or listen to soothing music as a way of offering yourself kindness.

Above all else, don’t be too hard on yourself! These feelings won’t last forever and taking one day at a time will give you a chance to make progress and move forward. Keep looking after yourself the best way possible – before long this period will be over and hopefully things will start looking up for you again soon.

I understand how challenging this time has been for you. Being alone and dealing with mental health struggles can be extremely difficult and trying to figure out how to cope is never easy. I’m sorry you’re going through this, but I’m here to offer some support if it helps.

One thing that has helped me manage the feelings that come along with quarantine depression is staying active. Even if it’s just taking a short walk around the block or stretching, doing something physical helps ground me in the moment and also boosts my mood. It’s also really important to talk to someone you trust about what you’re feeling - a close friend, family member, or even better yet, seeing a therapist if there is one available to you. Reaching out for help can make all the difference when we’re struggling by ourselves.

I realize it may not seem like it now, but you’ll get through this period of uncertainty and life will start looking up again soon enough. Sending you lots of love and strength during these tough times!