7 suggestions to help improve your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Limit the news: Sure, you need to know what’s going on in the world, but spending too much time listening to COVID-19 news only fuels stress, anxiety, and depression.
- Keep moving: Exercise is essential for relieving stress and maintaining your physical, mental, and emotional health. Dance at home, take a daily walk (maintaining social distancing), or learn yoga.
- Follow a routine: Creating and following a daily routine gives you and your family structure and a sense of normalcy that can help offset stress.
- Connect with technology: Set up times to talk with family and friends, whether face-to-face via videoconferencing, using chat on social media, or the old fashioned way: over the phone. Think outside the box. For example, you can have a dinner party or do a book club through a videoconference.
- Schedule time to play: Whether you and your family love board games, video games, or watching movies, get together at a specific time every night.
- Stay healthy: The foods you eat affect your mental and physical health, so make sure your meals are healthy. Getting a good night’s sleep is also vital for your mental health.
- Seek help: If you’re diagnosed with a mental health disorder, it’s essential to stick with your treatment program. You can safely refill your prescriptions using the drive-through at your pharmacy or talk with your pharmacist about home delivery.