As you already know, COVID-19 has upended all of our lives in so many ways. One of the most significant changes is social distancing, self-isolating, and quarantine. While these methods are considered the best way to prevent and slow the spread of the coronavirus, they also have an impact on our mental health.
Quarantine can add more stress, fear, and anxiety into our lives. During these uncertain times, it's important to take care of your mental health. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. And, having good mental health contributes to maintaining a strong immune system, especially right now.
Below are some tips to help you take care of your mental health. Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.
What you can do to support your mental health
1. Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting. While it's important to stay informed, it's equally important to strike a balance.
2. Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditateexternal icon. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugsexternal icon. If you're interested in doing some at-home work fitness, you can check out our guide here.
3. Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy. If you're not sure what to do with your time, here are some things you can do to entertain yourself without bingeing TV.
4. Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. Here are some ways to connect with your loved ones.
5. Establish a routine. By creating a routine or schedule for you to follow, you can feel less aimless and anxious. If you're working from home, be sure to set some time for yourself once you're done.
6. Be kind to yourself. During this time, many people are taking the quarantine as an opportunity to tackle goals -- varying from fitness, cooking, or other personal goals. This can create pressure or cause guilt for folks not utilizing this time in this way. Although it may be a good way to spend your free time, you shouldn't feel guilty for not working on your fitness or achieving other goals.
7. When you get too overwhelmed, try to limit focus to what you have control over, right now, today. If even that is too much, strip it down to the basics. Name what you see, hear, touch, smell where you are right now.
8. Find small things to soothe your senses. A cup of tea. Your most comfortable clothes. Photos or videos of beautiful places or art you can find online. Nature sounds on YouTube or an app. A nice smelling lotion. A hot shower.
9. Consider virtual therapy. If therapy is part of your mental health regime, there are options for you to still get care during quarantine. Some therapists are offering virtual or video sessions.
How Apicha CHC can help you
At Apicha CHC, we offer short-term behavioral health services (like therapy), and referrals. Click the image below to request an appointment.