Changes to our everyday routines paired with uncertainty and the health of yourself as well as your loved ones has created anxiety for many people. Here are a few tips to help you cope.
- Stick to a routine
- Just because you aren’t reporting to the office or your children aren’t going to school, that doesn’t mean you can’t establish a new schedule. Waking up at the same time and eating meals at the same time each day creates a sense of normalcy that can be very comforting.
- Take care of your body
- Stay informed
- Understanding what’s going on around you and that you’re not in this alone is important for your mental health.
- Take a break from the news
- While it’s important to stay informed it’s equally important to give yourself a break. Take some time each day avoiding the news and social media; this includes watching, reading, and listening. Simply hearing or reading the word pandemic on repeat can create unnecessary stress and anxiety.
- Make time for a hobby
- This can be something you have always loved or learning something new.
- Don’t isolate yourself
- Social distancing doesn’t mean you have to put yourself on a remote island. Connect with friends and family over the phone or internet. That’s the beauty of our digital world, you don’t have to risk spreading germs in order to speak with someone!
- Get outside
- Sunshine and fresh air can do wonders for your mental health!
If you are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others please call the Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.