How Not To Go Crazy While in Quarantine

Published on April 17, 2020

How do you mentally prepare for the pandemic? How do you survive home quarantine or self isolation?

Isolation and home quarantine can have real emotional and psychological “side effects.”

We can lose our mind getting stuck at home!

Let me share here with you my list: HOW NOT TO GO CRAZY WHILE STUCK AT HOME IN QUARANTINE!

Feel better when you’re prepared!

1.  I find and read and listen to real facts, not fake news or fake cures.
2. I limit exposure to social media news on Covid-19 that feeds people’s fears. 
3. I read books on topics I’m passionate about.
4. I write. Do my “art.”
5. I keep in touch or get updated with our adult children, family members, making sure they’re safe.
6. I talk to people thru Skype or fb messages, texts, or phone calls.
7. I work my profession at home digitally.
8. I ignore the hype, fake media, or misinformation in the news.
9. I exercise.
10. I do my daily Bible devotions and prayers.
11. I take proper health precautions. 
12. I eat and drink what’s healthy. 
13. I guard and monitor my sleep supply.
14. I have daily “dates” with my wife.
15. I get my mind off of what’s happening and not let it consume me by focusing on other things, like a new project, planning etc 
16. I keep a routine of productivity as much as I can.
17. I think of ways to be of help to others while quarantining.
18. I savor the richness of my black coffee in the morning. 
19. I feel the warmth of sunbeam.
20. I watch people and their activities in the pool area outside our window.
21. I watch my wife’s loving and caring characteristics. 
22. I try to clean or fix things around our condo unit (my wife may be monitoring!).
23. I work out intricate plans for revenue streams, investments, or rehab.
24. I note the crystal-clear blue of the sky.
25. I look for even the “smallest experiences” to appreciate.
26. I take my daily vitamins.
27.  I think of life while playing chess with foreigners in cyberspace.
28. I listen to music or symphony that soothes as an escape to another world.
29. I benefit from a distance every encounter I have with other humans in the grocery or drug store.
30. I remember the world’s leaders and health workers in prayer for favor, wisdom, and salvation.
31. I feel the bananas, lemons, and ginger wake up my taste buds.
32. I appreciate the smiles and caring concern of the guard in our lobby taking my temperature.
33. I remember my childhood while watching the little girls and boys playing around our area.
34. I appreciate the beauty of green leaves of trees or plants and the flowers in the garden.
35. I take time to laugh and have fun.
36. I focus my mind on God, not on Covid.

For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” 
(1 Tim 4:8)

Category(s):Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions, Coping with Medical Problems, Depression

Written by:

Dr. Angelo Subida, Psychotherapist

Dr. Angelo Subida is a clinical psychotherapist, author, and speaker. He is author of books "Inner Healing," "Secrets Of Your Self," "Chess and Life," among others, blogs, and articles. He has appeared frequently as an expert on psychotherapy/life recovery issues on national television, radio broadcasts, print media, and webcasts, including GMA 7, TV 5, ABS CBN 2, Q-11, 700 Club, Radyo Veritas, Inquirer Radio, Smart Parenting Magazine, Business Mirror, among others, and has served as resident therapist/counselor for parents and kid-artists in the highly popular ABS-CBN 2 Voice Kids TV singing reality show. Dr. Subida is an eclectic, multidisciplinary therapist and originator of his own revolutionary high-tech, high-touch counseling plus model. His areas of specialization include parent-child therapy, clinical infidelity treatment, relationship/marital counseling, separation/divorce therapy, anger management, depression, addictions, psychotherapy-spirituality integration, and innovative chess therapy. For more of Dr. Subida, you can find him at

Dr. Angelo Subida, Psychotherapist belongs to Dr. Angelo O. Subida Psychotherapy Clinic in Philippines