Keeping On Top Of Your Mental Health While Social Distancing
COVID-19 is affecting so many aspects of our lives right now. Schools are closed, non-essential businesses have closed their doors and people are being told to stay home. Information is rapidly changing and it seems that’s all that exists on our news feeds.
Everyone is being told to wash their hands and practice social distancing to ensure their physical health. But your mental health is just as important during this highly stressful time. We’ve compiled a list to help you and your family handle the mental strain you may be experiencing.
Put down the phone and turn off the news
Between social media and the news, we’re being hit with COVID-19 in every direction. It is important to stay informed and up-to-date, but hearing about the pandemic all day long can take a mental toll on you. Set aside a designated time every day to check the news and your apps. Then shut it off.
Exercise is good for both physical and mental health. Get outside (while practicing social distancing) and go for a walk. You can find plenty of at-home workouts on the internet if you’re missing your gym routine. Get a head start on your spring projects at the house while Wyoming is giving us some nice weather. Make sure you’re staying hydrated and getting plenty of sleep too.
Stay connected while still practicing social distancing
Technology can be a great tool during the pandemic. Set up a social hour with your friends on Zoom so you can still interact with them from the safety of your homes. Facetime is great to check in on parents and siblings or let grandparents see their grandkids. Try to keep your conversations as normal as possible and not revolve around the pandemic.
Stick to a routine if possible
You went from having your daily routine to the complete opposite. It can be a shock if you’re the type of person who thrives on a routine. Now is the time to create a new one or adjust your old one to your current situation. In a time of not being in control of things, this is something you can control if you need to.
Reach out if you need support
If you are struggling mentally or know someone who is, please reach out for support. Converse County and Wyoming have multiple resources currently available to you to help you should you need it.