COVID-19 and Mental Health

04/17/2020 2:54 PM | Anonymous

The COVID-19 pandemic has likely brought uncertainty and many changes to how you live your life.  The pandemic has altered daily routines, created financial pressures and imposed social isolation. All of us are concerned about getting sick, how long the pandemic will last and what the future will bring. Information overload, rumors and misinformation can make life feel out of control and make it unclear what to do. Many of us may experience stress, anxiety, fear, sadness and loneliness.

The MAYO Clinic provides self-care strategies on how to stay physically and mentally fit during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Be mindful about your physical health:

·         Get enough sleep. 

·         Participate in regular physical activity. 

·         Eat healthy. 

·         Avoid tobacco, alcohol and drugs. 

·         Limit screen time. 

·         Relax and recharge. 

Reduce stress triggers:

·         Keep your regular routine. 

·         Limit exposure to news media. 

·         Stay busy. 

·         Focus on positive thoughts. 

·         Use your moral compass or spiritual life for support. 

·         Set priorities. 

Build support and strengthen relationships:

·         Keep up connections virtually. 

·         Do something for others. 

·         Support a family member or friend. 

Click here for the full list from the Mayo Clinic

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