People around the globe are feeling anxious and overwhelmed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some also feel frustrated and powerless living in such a time of uncertainty, and the constraints of social distancing have left many feeling isolated as well. Although it’s normal to feel this way, it’s important to take care of yourself and your mental health during these trying times. From seeking teletherapy to scheduling virtual gatherings with loved ones, many people are adapting and finding new, creative ways to manage their mental health. These tips can help you cope and may even spur ideas for new things to do that you’ll enjoy for years to come.
Take Care of Your Physical Health
A balanced diet and plenty of exercise can help keep you feeling good during this tough period. Social distancing doesn’t mean you can’t go outside – taking a walk or just sitting outdoors and soaking up the sunshine for 30 minutes a day can lift your spirits and provides a vital dose of Vitamin D. If you’re used to going to the gym or yoga classes for exercise, check out the thousands of online physical fitness classes that are now streaming, many for free. Limiting your alcohol intake and getting plenty of sleep will help boost your immune system and improve your mood.
Limit Your Exposure to Media
It’s important to stay abreast of ever-changing health and safety guidelines but watching or reading too much news about the coronavirus can be upsetting and lead to anxiety or depression. Choose reputable, informative sources like the CDC website and your state and county health department websites if you want to read up on what’s going on with the virus, and try to limit your intake of sensationalist or negative coverage.
Keep in Touch
Social distancing has also caused many people to feel isolated and alone. Checking in with friends, family members and coworkers daily via text message, instant messaging or phone call can help you feel less lonely and keep your spirits up. Scheduling video chats is also a good way to keep and strengthen connections with the ones you love and gives you an opportunity for some face-to-face contact and hopefully, a few laughs. Weekly teletherapy sessions can also help you get negative feelings and thoughts off your chest and help you deal with what’s happening around you.
Having a creative outlet can help take your mind off what’s going on in the world and give your brain a rest from thinking. If you love cooking, crafting, painting, or another hobby, now’s a great time to get into it. If you’ve always been interested in starting a new pastime, go for it! When you’re feeling fearful or worried, writing it all out in a journal can help ease anxiety as well.
Whether you already have a mental health condition, or you just want to get a few things off your chest, don’t be afraid to reach out to a therapist. Kayenta Therapy offers both in-office and teletherapy services. Contact a therapist directly to get started.