Maintaining mental health amid the coronavirus pandemic
March 25, 2020
The regular stresses of everyday life can be hard enough on your mental health, but adding a pandemic disease into the mix can make that stress seem even more unbearable. As you strive to maintain your physical health, digest the daily news updates, and practice social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak, keep in mind that there are ways to help combat the stress.
A routine is a great thing to have even when the world isn't facing COVID-19. However, it is especially important during this time to continue to maintain a regular schedule. This will help pass the time, especially if you and your family are self-distancing at home. Creating a timeline or plan for the day, and sticking to it, can be very beneficial. With that being said, it's still okay if the plan doesn't always work out perfectly. Don't be hard on yourself if your schedule is interrupted, but push for some routine during this uncertain time.
Staying active helps pass the time and keeps you healthy. Just because you can't visit the gym, doesn't mean you have to give up on your workout plan completely. It's important to be open minded to new exercises. You might even consider taking a walk (while staying six feet away from other people) for some fresh air and to clear your mind. In fact, several studies suggest that sunshine and nature can help to improve your mood and decrease anxiety.
Take this time to check off some items on your at-home to-do list. Have you been meaning to clean out your closet or junk drawer, but haven't found the time? Completing chores around the house is something that you can do to positively impact your home life, while also passing the time. It also allows some control during a time when a lot of things seem out of control.
Self-care is always important, but it's even more critical during this time. Let your mind and body rest, without beating yourself up about it. Some might opt to take a bubble bath or meditate, while others choose to watch a movie or complete a puzzle. Not every method will work for everyone, so consider trying different activities and techniques that make you feel most relaxed. Overall, just allow yourself time to decompress.
Helping others can make us feel better, so it's a great idea to look into ways to show small acts of kindness during this time. Perhaps you might take the time to call an old friend, or even make a donation to a charity. When you're feeling overwhelmed or stressed, try to think about how you might be of service to others (from a distance, of course).
Continuing therapy is more important than ever. Don't put your regularly scheduled sessions on the back burner. Your therapist can support you, while offering tools that will help you continue living your life to the fullest, even during these confusing times. For our clients' convenience and safety, we offer teletherapy services via a user-friendly online portal. To learn more about our telehealth offerings, please visit: https://clearwatercounselingpc.org/telehealth-information
To schedule an appointment with one of our therapists, please call (308) 210-8487 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.