How to Care for Yourself While
Practicing Physical Distancing
If you are feeling overwhelmed or mentally exhausted because of changes to our society brought on by COVID-19, you’re not alone. The pandemic has impacted millions of Americans physically, mentally and emotionally.
People across the country are experiencing increased levels of stress and fear because of the new disease as well as feelings of isolation brought on by physical distancing. Research from the Kaiser Family Foundation says 45% of adults report feelings of worry and stress related to COVID-19 that have negatively impacted their mental health. Feelings of anxiety are becoming more common as people are worried about themselves or their loved ones getting sick.
The Mental Health First Aid Blog (www.mhfa.org) offers these easy self-care strategies to help reduce feelings of depression and prevent anxiety while social distancing:
to keep your
body in top working order.
reduces symptoms of depression and
anxiety, whether we’re working out at home or taking a solo jog around the
tensing and relaxing muscle groups can help you relax voluntarily when feeling
overwhelmed, stressed or anxious.
exposure to light can improve symptoms of depression. If you can, open the
shades and let more sunlight in.
with the same compassion you would a friend.
Even if you can’t get
together face-to-face, you can stay connected to friends, family and neighbors
with phone calls, text messages, video chats and social media. If you’re
feeling lonely, sad or anxious, reach out to your social support networks.
Share what you are feeling and offer to listen to friends or family members
about their feelings. We are all experiencing this scary and uncertain time
7. . While you might want to stay up-to the minute with COVID-19 news, too much exposure can be overwhelming. Balance media consumption with other activities you enjoy, such as reading, cooking or listening to music.