The world can be really scary right now. Many of us are facing major differences in our day-to-day lives, and it’s important that while staying informed, healthy, and keeping our families safe, we are taking care of ourselves.
Be Kind to Yourself
If you have a lot of free time right now, you might find yourself feeling down for not exercising, eating properly, or being ultra-productive. Try not to let this happen. The entire world is going through a massive change, and we’re all struggling. The Harvard Business Review published an article that noted we are going through collective grief. We are in fear of our lives changing, a loss of jobs, and more. Be nice to yourself, and focus on staying safe and caring for the people around you. It’s okay to not be productive.
Get into Healthy Habits
With uncertainty in the air, it’s easy to become depressed and rely on unhealthy habits to get by. While these things are still great in moderation, try to avoid alcohol, binge eating, or excessive television during this time. Try to build up healthy habits. Even a 15-minute walk a day is a great thing to look forward too, and your body will thank you for it.
Know the Facts
We live in a world with endless amounts of information that can support just about any belief. It is vital at this moment in time to listen to the experts globally, federally, locally, and statewide. Understanding what is at risk (and what isn’t) as well as where the world is at in the treatment process can help your mental health immensely. Just make sure you’re getting information from a reputable source.
Take Care of Your Mental Health
While juggling a job, a family, and a global pandemic, it’s still important to take care of yourself. Whatever it means for you, take time for yourself during all of this. Go on a walk with your dog, or read a book, play video games, or whatever you need. Don’t be afraid to reach out to a friend for a helping hand or a counselor. Make sure you have a space to talk and get your feelings out.
More information on mental health during the coronavirus can be found online. Here is an article from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the project.