There is a lot of scary stuff happening right now. Many are struggling to maintain good mental health in light of the Coronavirus pandemic. For some, the mental strain is exacerbated by the fact that so many are practicing social distancing.
So how can you maintain or strengthen your mental health in the midst of these dire circumstances? A recent article from BBC News offers the following tips:
1. Take a step back from the news – While staying informed is important, it is just as vital to take some time away from the anxiety-inducing newsfeed. Consider limiting the daily amount of time that you spend reading about Coronavirus developments. Additionally, be sure that when you do turn to the news, you are only consulting reputable sources-there is a lot of misinformation being shared online.
2. Take a break from social media – Once again, be careful about what you are allowing headspace for. Consider stepping away from social media or taking steps to reduce any triggers that you have by unfriending or unfollowing.
3. Be cautious about germs, but not overly cautious – You should follow the guidelines of the CDC and the President in washing your hands regularly. That said, do not wash your hands excessively.
4. Maintain connections – Social distancing and self-quarantining make it more difficult to connect with your loved ones. However, technology offers many avenues for maintaining closeness despite physical distance. Consider setting up regular phone calls or video chats, or even writing letters.
5. Set yourself up for long-term success – Unfortunately, this pandemic is not projected to come to a quick end. In order to avoid getting burnt out, remember to think about the long term. Strive to stick to a routine that includes getting sleep, eating well, and exercising regularly.
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