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Everyone feels stressed from time to time, especially during times of uncertainty. If you’re experiencing feelings of worry, irritability, or changes in your mood right now, you’re not alone. While it’s necessary to keep up-to-date and make changes to daily life in order to help control the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the constant news cycle coupled with physical distancing measures can cause stress and have a real impact on mental health.

We know that human connection is one of the most critical protective factors for good mental health. Visit the Each Mind Matters blog to learn how to care for yourself and others during this time. 

Stay in Touch

Supportive communities are crucial in helping us remain resilient during difficult times. Here are some ways we can all stay connected with our support networks while following the medical guidance to limit our exposure to others.
  • Meet friends and neighbors for a walk or bike ride, keeping six feet apart.
  • Call your friends and family members regularly and use video calls if possible.
  • Have virtual meetings or work together virtually for a sense of connectedness and routine. 
If you need someone to turn to but are having difficulty connecting with someone in your support network, online or phone support is available through:

Take Care of Yourself

Self-care can also help you stay physically and mentally well and is even more critical during times of heightened stress. It’s important to re-establish routines when your normal schedule of going to work or school is disrupted. Find a routine for yourself that includes eating healthfully, exercise and emotional support. These are just a few ways to practice self-care during COVID-19:
  • Try to get seven to nine hours of sleep every night, going to sleep and waking up around the same time every day and limiting your exposure to the news and social media two hours before bed.
  • Increase endorphins through laughter by watching a funny movie or television show.
  • Try to incorporate mood-boosting foods into your diet such as oatmeal, nuts, avocados or even dark chocolate. Frozen fruits and vegetables are an excellent option for smoothies and soups.
  • Stream workouts through an exercise app or go for a walk or jog.
  • Stay engaged in learning – try a new craft, read, listen to podcasts, solve puzzles or find museums and art galleries offering virtual tours.
  • Practice mindfulness. If meditation is new to you, try an app.
More Resources

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By staying in community, even if we are more physically separated, we can and will get through this crisis as we have gotten through so many others in the past — together.
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