Coping with Social Isolation During the Coronavirus Pandemic: Strategies for Quarantine

The coronavirus has caused a lot of disruption to the daily routines for many people across the country.

In a Fox Information interview, Andrea Graham, Ph.D. recommends healthy ways to cope with social isolation, and maintain a routine during these unprecedented times.

Graham is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Medical Social Sciences, Northwestern College (Illinois).

How did the CORONAVIRUS outbreak begin?

What about mental health? We all know how to protect our physical wellbeing during the COVID-19 Crisis, but what about our minds?
What about our mental health? We know how to protect our physical well-being during the COVID-19 catastrophe, but what about our mental well-being?

FOX NEWS : How can people deal with the social isolation that is a result of this outbreak?

Graham: It can be helpful to improve your mood by catching up with friends and family via messages, phone calls, and video chats. If you work remotely, connecting via videoconference with colleagues so that you can “see” each other rather than only speaking by phone or email can increase feelings of connectedness.

Meditation, music and movies are all stress-free activities that can help you maintain a positive attitude. When you feel overwhelmed and nervousness begins to creep in, working on deep breathing can be helpful.


FOX: What tips can you give to help maintain a regular routine and stay on track during self-quarantine?

Graham: You can help by consuming healthily and engaging in physical exercise. For instance, you may go for walks or do some indoor workouts to stay energetic. Talking to family and friends and engaging in activities you enjoy can help maintain a positive attitude.

Exercises at home and outdoor walks can boost your mood when you are experiencing social isolation.
Exercises at home and outdoors can help improve mood during periods of social isolation.

It may be helpful to try to follow a routine throughout the day.

Engaging in tasks can improve mood – now could be a good time to start this home project or a new hobby you’ve been wanting to try! Continue to wash your hands.

FOX: Why does isolation continue to affect temper and mental well-being?

Graham: Research has shown that social support and being social can help to reduce the effects of stress and low mood. This means that staying connected to others, even if physically separated, could be beneficial.


Fox News’ guides on how to work remotely productively, keep your kids healthy, and stay busy at home are a great resource.

Janine Puhak, editor of Fox Information Life-style.