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
    • Stigmatization

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

Vulnerable Populations

  • Older adults, people with pre-existing mental health conditions and health-care workers helping with the response to the coronavirus may have an increased risk of experiencing psychological distress when they engage in social distancing, quarantine or isolation.
  • People with disabilities who require specialized diets, medical supplies, assistance from caregivers and other accommodations are also at risk for psychological challenges during a pandemic because of the increased difficulties in receiving the care they require.

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.