COVID-19: Tips for Maintaining Your Mental Health

COVID-19: Tips for Maintaining Your Mental Health

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While we try to keep ourselves and each other safe from the physical effects of the COVID-19 virus, it’s natural to feel worried, afraid and lonely. Social distancing can make some people feel anxious or isolated.

It’s important to take care of your mental health to cope with the big changes to your everyday life.

These tips may help.

Reach out to friends and family.

Apps like FaceTime and Skype can help you feel more connected to the people you normally see in person.

Keep moving. Don't forget to exercise.

Dust off that fitness equipment at home that you haven’t used in a while. Apps, many with videos, offer exercise options. Try something different from your usual routine.

Try new activities.

Keep up with current events, but don’t let internet or TV news be your main activity. Read a book, watch a movie or pull out your old board games. Organize a closet, clear out your junk drawer or get back to that hobby you haven’t had time for.

Working from home like you would at the office.

  • Stick to a schedule. Take breaks and time for lunch.
  • Avoid being distracted by personal social media.
  • Stay connected with your coworkers and make time to socialize virtually.
  • When your work day ends, disconnect and recharge away from the work space. Take a walk or bike ride. Remember to maintain at least a six-foot distance from other people, even when you’re outside.
Ask for help.

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. If you are struggling, call your primary care doctor. They may be able to see you over the phone or by video chat. Or they may refer you to someone else.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has resources to help, including tips for: