COVID-19 has changed our world and the changes may be stressful for some people. Fear and anxiety about the disease itself, or the limitations and changes if has brought to your life, can become overwhelming or trigger strong emotions. Learning some tips to cope with that stress will help you to protect your mental health during the quarantine.
Stress from the COVID-19 pandemic can cause:
- Fear and worry about your health and the health of your loved ones
- Changes in sleeping and eating patterns
- Difficulty concentrating
- Worsening of chronic health problems
- Worsening of mental health conditions
- Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
We all react differently to stress. How you react to this crisis will depend on your personal situation and background. Some things that can reduce your stress and help you to deal with your anxiety include:
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including on social media
- Media intent is to shock and stimulate people to watch more, so they will sensationalize everything to do with the pandemic to entice you to continue watching. Try to limit your watching to gaining information from credible sources, then take a break.
- Educate yourself about the real risks and get the facts from credible sources so you are not susceptible to inaccurate information
- Take care of your health
- Relax, meditate, practice deep-breathing and stretching
- Eat healthy, well-balanced meals
- Exercise regularly and get plenty of rest
- Avoid alcohol and drugs
- Check in with your doctors to stay up to date on medications and treatments, even if that means remote or telehealth appointments
- If you are feeling suicidal call 911
- Keep mentally busy
- Find some activities and hobbies you enjoy that keep you busy and focused
- Focusing on something else keeps you from constantly worrying or thinking about the crisis
- Connect with friends and family and talk about your concerns, feelings, and needs using the telephone, email, text messaging, and social media
- Reduce financial stress
- Talk to your employer about expectations and options for pay, unemployment, etc.
- If needed, contact the U.S. Department of Labor toll-free at 1-866-487-2365 to determine your rights and options
- If needed, talk with any creditors to explain your situation and arrange alternative payment arrangements. Most creditors understand the current situation and are more willing than usual to work with their clients.
Take comfort in knowing that this current crisis will end. You will not be in quarantine forever and there are some positive signs that things will get back to normal very soon. Ketamine Infusions Centers is still here for your needs during this pandemic, so reach out if needed.