A global pandemic can certainly put a damper in an otherwise ordinary year. Social distancing, self-isolating, and being indoors all day long can really take a toll on your mood and overall wellbeing. The usual coping skills of exercising at the gym, dining out with friends, or window shopping at the mall have all been affected by this virus. Even going to the doctor’s office can feel like you are in a sci-fi movie because everyone is wearing masks, gloves, and keeping their distance from one another.
Although states are slowly reopening, this appears to have become our “new normal” for now. This has put people with underlying mental health issues at risk for further depressive or anxious episodes. So, here are somethings you can do if you are one of these people who suffers from depression or anxiety?
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media.
- Take care of your body
- Take deep breaths, stretch, meditate, try yoga.
- Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
- Exercise regularly, at least 3 times per week
- Get plenty of sleep, try for a minimal of 7 hours per night
- Avoid alcohol and drugs.
- Make time to unwind, try to enjoy activities you would otherwise have done with some modifications.
- Connect with others through videos or good old-fashioned phone calls!
If you feel that you need extra support during this time with a professional, we have several clinicians in our office who can help you navigate these uncertain times, just give us a call.