A large part of anxiety can stem from a sense of what we think we should be able to control, but might not be able to. Studies show that although COVID-19 is infectious, stringent social distancing measures and community shelter in place measures have been effective in curbing the spread of the virus. And while many of us have now been in the comfort of our own homes for a few months now, there is the potential to start feeling as though the isolation is starting to take its toll on our mental health and wellbeing.
In times like this, it is important to know that we are not alone - and there are numerous ways to refocus your thoughts to help alleviate stress and create inner peace. If you are struggling, here are a few tips you can do daily to take care of your mental health in the face of uncertainty:
Limit your time online and on media
It is so easy to become overwhelmed at the news today. We are consumed with negative stories while trying to keep ourselves updated. Unconsciously, we may find ourselves stuck in a cycle of stress and anxiety. The CDC notes that it is important to take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories since continuously hearing about the pandemic without a break can be upsetting. Although it is important to stay informed, people can become more distressed if they only see repeated images of negativity in the media. Know your limits, and practice balance.
While staying at home, there are activities that we can all do alone or with our family to take care of our bodies and protect our mental wellbeing. Free yoga and meditation videos are accessible on many platforms including Youtube, Netflix, local cable networks, and wellness sites on the internet that can greatly help alleviate stress and anxiety. We should also eat healthy foods, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and simply bond with our families either virtually or in our places of residence.
Remember you are not alone
The last few months can feel incredibly isolating, but it’s important there is a community of support ready to connect. Write letters to your family and friends, text your loved ones, and FaceTime your friends. A short yet happy conversation with someone can help ease your mind and focus on positivity. Reach out, someone out there is always willing to listen. We are in this together.
There is hope.
We know that these are trying times, especially while we spend more time at home. Your emotional and physical health are equally important. If you ever feel isolated, alone, or need a friendly voice to talk to - we are here if you need us! Call or text our Wellness Number (650) 461-4554 or email Support@careindeed.com to chat!
Jason De Guzman has been with Care Indeed for four years and currently serves as a Marketing Coordinator. As both a skilled writer and video producer- Jason is able to use these storytelling skills to craft beautiful content for both the client and caregiver’s journies through his work.
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