It is important to keep abreast of current news, to understand what you should and should not do. However, it is also easy to go down a rabbit hole of getting stuck watching a negative news cycle, including social media. Hearing upsetting and worrisome news on repeat can be stressful and upsetting. Prioritize finding a sound news source with facts and allow yourself to check periodically but step away from it.
- Create time to engage in an activity you love. Whether its reading, crafting, exercising, or other outlets, it’s important to feed your body and mind to stay healthy.
- Get outside. If you are able to go for a walk while keeping the recommended social distance from others, it’s a good idea. But sitting outside in your own space is also a great way to get outside, and avoid a feeling of isolation.
- Technology is a great tool to connect with others. There are a plethora of apps and websites that are allowing group video chats to help you connect with others. Take the time to check in with friends and family with technology or over the phone.
- Maintain a schedule. It is easy to fall into a rut when bedtime, mealtime, and exercise time fall off their regular schedule. International Space Station astronaut Scott Kelly offered wise advice about sticking to a routine and learning how to separate work from life when they reside in the same space.
Be Mindful of Negative Changes
According to the CDC, times like this can bring out negative behaviors due to overwhelming stress. It is important to be aware of these changes. As the CDC advises:
If you, or someone you care about are feeling overwhelmed with sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others, please call 911.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 (TTY 1-800-846-8517).
GRMDC wants to help our community stay healthy. We are in this together.