Maintaining Mental Health During coronavirus
Dealing with the stress and anxiety during coronavirus may feel overwhelming. You may not have the same feelings as your classmates, coworkers, neighbors, family members, or others in your community — and that’s okay because everyone reacts differently to stressful situations.
In times of uncertainty, connecting with friends and family can really help in managing feelings of fear and anxiety, and be good for your health.
You Don’t Have To Be There To Be There
Schedule virtual dinners or dance parties with friends
Start a virtual book club
Participate in online game nights
Plan to watch television shows or movies at the same time and video chat to share reactions
Enroll in remote learning classes or look up tutorials online
Go on virtual museum tours together
Share your favorite recipes or host a virtual cooking competition
Try a home workout together
Engage in live streams — from your favorite yoga studio to your favorite artists
Helping a Friend
Through This Time
You might be physically separated from your friends right now, but that doesn't mean you can't help them if they're struggling.
Self-care & Managing
Your Emotional Well Being
Increased stress and anxiety is common during this time, but remember that prioritizing your mental health is just as important as helping your friends.
Self-care & Managing Your Emotional Well Being:
Don’t forget your basic needs. When you’re preoccupied with a crisis, it’s easy to forget the everyday habits that can improve your mood and well-being:
- Make sure you’re getting enough sleep
- Spend time outside, if possible (while maintaining a safe distance from others)
- Engage in regular physical activity
- Keep up with a good diet and drink water
- Try journaling, meditation or breathing
Prioritize self-care and stress relief.
- Set aside a dedicated time each day to do something that makes you feel calm and alleviates stress — whether it’s meditation, giving yourself a facial, cooking, or doodling in a coloring book.
Stay connected. Keep in contact with your friends, family, and other members of your community via phone calls/facetime, texts, and social media.
Take breaks from news stories and social media.
- While it’s important to stay informed, non-stop exposure to stories about the pandemic may cause you to feel more distressed. Seek updates at specific times during the day — ideally only once or twice — and focus on getting information from credible sources in order to minimize speculation. Consider adjusting notifications or removing apps from your phone to limit your exposure.
If you’re feeling alone and struggling, you can also reach out to The Crisis Text Line by texting SEIZE to 741741.
Helping a Friend Through This Time
During times of uncertainty, it can help to help others who are struggling:
Listen (really, listen) if they are willing to share their worries or fears with you
- Try to avoid judgment or jumping to conclusions
- Be there for them – sometimes just knowing that someone cares and is there for them is all someone needs to get through a difficult time
- Let them know that it is possible to feel better and they are not alone
- Don’t feel like you have to give advice, problem solve, or know all the answers. Just talking with someone as they try to navigate their distress can be very powerful
Help them out with things that might relieve their anxiety
Consider extending support to those outside of your normal social circle, such as neighbors and local service workers or older adults in your community. Volunteering your time to assist neighbors, social workers, or older adults in your community is also a rewarding way to keep occupied while social distancing.
In an Emergency
If you or your friend needs urgent help, call 911 right away, and follow the instructions given.
In A Crisis
You are not alone, and help is always available. Get immediate support 24/7. Reach out to the Crisis Text Line by texting SEIZE to 741741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. It’s free, and everything you tell them is confidential, unless it’s essential to contact emergency services to keep you or your friend safe.