Unfortunately Covid-19 is circulating in our community and this is a time that is creating a lot of stress, worry and anxiety for people. While we would encourage you to get the latest physical health information from our local Public Health Department, we are equally concerned about your mental health. Here are a few tips for coping in this uncertain time:
Social distancing does not mean emotional distancing. In times of stress and worry it is normal for us to want to be more connected with those we care about. Use technology to help you; FaceTime, What'sApp, text and even an old fashioned phone call will help you to get whatever support you may need from those that you care about.
It is not unusual to want to overeat or rely on comfort and junk food. Unfortunately, this can have a direct impact on your mental health. Try to drink lots of water and continue eating fruits and vegetables to keep things balanced. Physical exercise may be a challenge if your gym is closed, but a walk outside or using a workout from YouTube may help to keep you moving.
Other unhealthy coping strategies you may be tempted to try are increasing your alcohol consumption or using drugs to help to manage your stress or anxiety. These strategies often will cause long-term issues for you and those around you, so please be mindful of what you want your life to look like when these trying times are finished.
Try to get enough sleep as there is a direct connection between sleep and mental health. If you are struggling with this, try to maintain a regular bedtime, write your worries down before climbing into bed and consider using some mindfulness meditation strategies to help you relax.
If you are interested in some other helpful tips and strategies, please don't hesitate to contact us to book an appointment using the form below.