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One local therapist shares tips on how to mentally cope with quarantine and social distancing

Posted at 11:00 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 23:01:37-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Officials have recommended that many of us use social distancing as a precaution to help stop the spread of COVID-19, but being quarantined all day can be easy for some and hard for others.

For many of us with outgoing personalities quarantine and social distancing can be hard, but for others who might be shy, it's second nature. One therapist says no matter your personality there are ways to get through this.

Yalily Smith says anxiety presents itself in multiple ways, and for those who have trouble leaving the house, times like this can become too comforting.

“You want to try to stay focused on getting out of bed, making sure that you’re following a routine, making sure that you’re not just staying in bed or in a couch”, said Yalily Smith, President of The Traveling Therapist

For those who thrive interacting with others times like this could lead to bad habits, smith says control your environment.

“Number 1 stay in touch with other people, use Facetime, use Skype, and social media, try to stay in contact with family members phone calls things like that”, said Smith.

Take this time to better understand yourself and your surroundings.

“Honestly nothing is stopping us from going into the pool in our house, sitting in the front yard, sitting in the backyard, you know talking to people. It’s not the same but it should be to an extent enough to hold us over”, said Smith.

if you’re someone who enjoys being indoors, or the outdoors smith says don't become consumed with negative thoughts.

“Get away from these thoughts and focus on, we are going to be okay, we are going to be fine, this is just temporary”, said Smith.

Smith also says we should enjoy social media to an extent, and stay updated on what is going on surrounding COVID- 19 but don’t let it consume your life because this too shall pass.