Importance of mental well being during the time of COVID-19
- People asked to stay home due to illness, exposure or active community spread of COVID-19 will likely be cut off from their regular routines for at least two weeks, the estimated incubation period for the virus.
- You may experience:
- Fear and anxiety
- Depression and boredom
- Anger, frustration or irritability
How to cope up with this situation:
- Limit news consumption to reliable sources
- Create and follow a daily routine
- Stay virtually connected with others
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle
- Use psychological strategies to manage stress and stay positive
Look for ways to help.
- Being a helper can keep you connected to others.
- Websites like NextDoor can be a source of information about neighbors who need support. For example, older adults in your area might need basic supplies or simply someone to check on them.
- Just take precautions, like keeping your distance from others and washing your hands well after you go out.
- You may also be able to help your community. Here are some ideas. If you can: `
- Check into donating blood—it’s an urgent need in many areas. `
- Give online to food banks and other aid organizations. `
- Buy online gift cards from local businesses. This can help them survive until they can open again.