Staying mentally healthy through the COVID-19 Crisis
Know that this will end
Although we don’t have a specific timeline, this pandemic is temporary.
Set a limit for news exposure
It is important to stay updated, but having the news on 24 hrs a day may cause further anxiety. Check in up to 3x per day for limited times.
Keep a daily routine
Keep your wake up and bedtimes regular. Get dressed every morning. Maintain regular eating schedule that includes a balanced diet with plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Incorporate regular physical and/or mental activities
Activities can include physical exercise, stretching, yoga, taking a walk, reading a book, or meditation. Try a meditation video on YouTube.
Make social distancing manageable
Find a check-in buddy. Reach out to someone you haven’t spoken to in awhile. Helping others is a great way to stay connected. Find one person that you check in with daily via FaceTime, phone calls or messaging. Set a regular time to connect each day.
Think about today
Most of us tend to think about the past or the future. Take time to enjoy your day. Look or go outside and enjoy the sun and the view. Try to do this at least three times a day.
Rely on the experts to make difficult health related decisions
Try not to over or underreact. Trust in medical professionals to keep you on track when making decisions on social distancing and medical treatment or guidelines.
Ask For Help
If you feel your anxiety over COVID-19 is affecting your regular routine ask a family member, friend or caregiver for help. If you feel you are a danger to yourself or others, seek professional help immediately.