Welcome the blessings of modern technology. We are in the XXI century. We can work from home and socialize with friends and loved ones. We have so many options these days. We can even take classes online and learn new skills from the house. These things weren’t possible during the flu pandemic of 1918.

Quarantining ourselves at home can play an essential role in halting the spread of infectious illnesses. But this doesn’t mean that coping with the disruption in our everyday routine is easy. Taking care of our mental health is essential, even if our quarantine time is relatively brief in the grand scheme of things.

Our routines are gone, our schedules are gone, our sleep schedules are off, our eating schedules are out.

But be picky about how we use your time online. Instead of scrolling through social media for hours, beat boredom by learning something. Taking an online class or working on a new skill or habit, such as exercise. This approach can help us focus on ways to better ourselves, rather than on the things we can’t do.

Getting back on track is the most important thing. Go to bed early, get up very early. Eating three meals a day ensures that we eat at the right time and don’t feel the need for a snack in between.

Some of the suffering of being quarantined stems from boredom and frustration. Finding ways to stay filled is essential, so try to sustain as many of our routines. Keep working on plans or find new projects to fill our time, combining our closet, or trying out a new original hobby.

Getting things done can provide a sense of determination and competency. It gives us something to accomplish towards and something to look forward to each day. So make a plan, list some things we’d like to accomplish, and then start comparing a few things off our list each day.

We are noticing what’s available rather than what’s not known is smart right now. Invest in our lives and the real moments that we’re loving. Try to refuse to feel sorry for ourselves stubbornly. There’s a very low payday for that.