As states decide to slowly reopen, many of us are making huge changes to our daily routines. We have new realities of working from home, home-schooling for children, as well as a lack of physical contact with family members, friends, and colleagues. This has been, and still is, a particularly challenging time with unemployment and not feeling “normal.” Thankfully, there are lots of things we can do to stay mentally healthy. Here are some tips and advice that we hope will help!
- Social distancing does not mean social isolation. Reach out to your friends and family and talk and connect via phone or FaceTime. With all the technology we have at our fingertips, make use of your social network to not be isolated.
- Reach out to a neighbor who may need help. Be mindful if you have a neighbor who may be in the at-risk population and if you are heading out to the store, ask them if they need anything that you can pick up. This will not only help them; it will also help you. Simple acts like these can go a long way and can also make us feel better!
- Exercise. During stressful times going outside and taking a brisk walk can help you relax, boost your mood, and help you in managing your stress levels. At home workouts, it is your time to shine!!
- Eat a healthy diet – research has shown that what you eat—and do not eat—affects the way you think and feel.
- Drink alcohol in moderation. Alcohol is a depressant and drinking too much can often make your mood and anxiety levels worse!
- Get enough sleep. Make sure to put self-care as a priority and do your best to get enough sleep. Sleep has many benefits and during stressful times it can help aid in keeping your mind and body healthy.
- Consume the news in moderation. While it is important to stay informed and up to date, too much information adds to our stress levels. The repetitive nature of the news reports is not good for our mental health. Once you are informed, turn off the news and read a book, watch a good television show or feel-good movie. Now would be an excellent time to ask friends for recommendations of series to watch on Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Showtime, etc.
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