In light of the Coronavirus outbreak, it is important that we take time to check our mental health status. For many, the idea of working from home indefinitely, not knowing when another paycheck will be mailed, or living in a constant state of fear about health concerns can leave many in a perpetual state of anxiety. Now more than ever, it is important to stay on top of your mental health and the mental health of those around you. Like many other crises, if we all do our part, we can get through this.
If at any time you’re feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope, or you notice the behavior of a family member or friend becomes particularly uncharacteristic, seek help. Even if you feel powerless, reaching our for assistance can help you regain control of your situation. Below are some tips for how to stay healthy during these challenges times.
Keep a Journal
Sometimes it’s hard to verbalize how you’re feeling. This is a great time to begin journaling. The notebook doesn’t have to be fancy. You can even journal on your computer. Write down what’s going on around you, how you’re feeling, the thoughts that are going through your mind and allow your mind and spirit to purge through writing.
Make a Gratitude List
At the end of each day, write down a minimum of five things for which you are grateful. Maintaining a posture of gratitude helps you keep a positive and healthy perspective.
Eat a Healthy Diet and Exercise
Even if you can’t go outdoors, find simple at-home exercise routines that help you stay active. Coupling this with healthy eating will help lift your spirits and brighten your mood. Always speak with your doctor about any changes in your diet and exercise plan.
This point can’t be stressed enough. Even after attempting the above-mentioned items, sometimes you still may feel anxious, depressed or even suicidal. There is no shame in asking for help. It’s a brave, bold step towards a bright future.
Thanks to modern technology, we can often meet with a therapist virtually. That means even in a time of crisis, or when you can’t leave your home, a therapist can be available to you. Don’t battle toxic thoughts on your own. Find a licensed counselor in your area and access the help you need. You can make it!
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255