Caring For Your Mental Health During COVID-19
But Emotionally Connected
Managing work, family, finances and a thousand other expectations have always been challenging before a national pandemic became the central focus of our lives. So how do we manage to take care of our families and ourselves during this stressful time?
To stay safe from COVID-19, it is crucial to maintain a safe physical distance of 6 ft. when going out for necessary trips. It is also important to wear a face mask to protect from inhaling particles that could be infectious. But while we need to be physically separated, now more than ever, we need to stay socially and emotionally connected.
Reaching out to friends and family through phone calls and social media are important ways to care for others and be cared for in supporting positive mental health especially during these times. Also, explore self-care activities. Decrease your exposure to TV and try activities that are soothing and calming like listening to music or an audiobook or whatever you enjoy doing most.
This is also a good time to explore the benefits of telehealth. Just expressing how you are feeling to a therapist can unburden a lot of emotional weight and help lift your mood to provide a sense of calm.
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Healthy thoughts and emotions are the foundation of good mental health. During these unusual times, it is even more important to protect yourself from overexposure to the endless stream of news and commentary that can increase anxiety and feelings of depression.
Emotional wellness should be your daily goal with every positive activity you do throughout the day being the self-care steps towards achieving that goal.
Warmline Service help you process those draining emotions and assist you in creating a healthier way to manage the stress in your life.
Many of our usual coping strategies like going to the gym or to the movies are unavailable or not consistently available when we need them most. We find ourselves needing to learn new ways to cope with our stress in this ever-changing reality.
Practicing stress-reducing relaxation techniques such as therapeutic deep breathing, journaling, and mindfulness activities can help keep your focus on maintaining calm.
However, if you are having overwhelming feelings of sadness, anxiety, or any other emotion that makes it difficult to function from day to day, you should reach out for help. Sometimes sharing with a close family member or friend helps, but if you continue to struggle, seek out a mental health therapist. A therapist can help you sort out your thoughts and emotions and learn effective coping skills.
If you would like to speak to a Warmline therapist, click the green phone icon to the right and we will be happy to discuss the process with you.