There is no denying that we are in the midst of a different time. The coronavirus pandemic is leading to panic, stress, confusion, fear, and worry about what the end result of this will be. Social distancing has become important, but that same distancing means many of us are also without the support from others that helps us control our emotions and mental wellness.
Keeping yourself physically healthy is important during this stressful time. But keeping yourself psychologically healthy is equally as important – and sometimes even harder – when faced with these unprecedented times. Long Island Psychology offers remote therapy with a focus on coronavirus care for those struggling during this coronavirus pandemic for those that want to talk.
Yet in the interim, here are a few things we can do to feel more in control, calm, and healthy of mind and body.
Tips for Reducing Mental Health Challenges During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Limit News Consumption – It is tempting and addicting to want to stay informed with all coronavirus coverage and statistics. And indeed, it is important to be knowledgeable. But there is no value in a constant supply of news. Give yourself one or two 10 minute increments to catch up on important news, and then step away to enjoy more enjoyable activities.
- Take Care of Yourself – Sleep is more important than ever, and with many of us completely locked inside, there is also more opportunity for it. Go to bed at a reasonable hour and wake up after a full night’s sleep, avoiding screen time and other activities that may keep you awake too long. Sleep is one of the most important tools we have for mental health.
- Eat Better – Supermarkets are still operating and people are expected to eat at home instead of out at restaurants. Now is a great time to learn to cook healthy meals and stock up on healthy dishes, where you can get the vitamins and minerals your body uses to help it manage physical and mental stress. Cooking as a family can also have enjoyable benefits.
- Find a Way to Exercise – People are allowed to go out for walks and jogs outdoors as long as they maintain a social distance. But as an extra precaution, many people are choosing to stay indoors at all times. Still, it is important to find a way to exercise. Walking up and down stairs, using home gym equipment, and doing video workouts at home can relieve stress from the body and increase endorphins (good mood hormones) that are often released during exercise.
- Try Some Self Care Apps – There are many apps now that focus on anxiety reduction, mindfulness, meditation, and achieving a calmer state. For example, “Headspace,” “Calm,” and “10% Happier.” Many people find these apps enjoyable and effective for finding some relaxation during tough times.
You should also spend time with your family, take up hobbies that you can do at home, and keep yourself busy. Even when the world is stressful around you, there are ways to find peace and happiness inside it. Prioritizing your mental health is an important part of making sure that the stresses you’re experiencing now do not have to be life altering issues in the future.
Learn more about our coronavirus remote therapy by visiting our page, or by contacting us today.