Most of us are practicing social distancing: working from home when we can, staying inside and eliminating visits with family and friends and running to the grocery store minimally. While all of this is to "flatten the curve" of this pandemic and to keep us as safe and healthy as possible, are we aware of the risks to our mental health?
Every day it seems like there's a new restriction on our life. School closures have extended...but will it be extended again? Playgrounds are taped off...so what can we do with our kids outside, especially for those that don't have a backyard? Our social life has been temporarily stripped from us, dynamics in our jobs have changed and since our gyms and recreation centers have closed we've become more sedentary. We're trying to adapt but we're starting to realize how important those social moments and extra-curricular activities mean to us.
It's important that during this time of uncertainty that we find a way to adjust to this "new normal". We know it won't be forever but we also don't know how long it will last. And we're all facing it!
During this time finding balance is crucial. As great as it is to have extra time to spend with the family and get back to doing what we all did before technology dominated it's way into our social world what are you doing for yourself to ensure that anxiety and depression don't take over?
Below are a few things that if balanced can help us reduce the emotional and mental stresses while we social isolate.
*BE AWARE OF THOSE WHO ARE ISOLATING THEMSELVES AND CHECK IN WITH THEM*
5. Awareness - Be aware of your mental health changes. We're all feeling it! But that does not mean it should be ignored! If you need to see your doctor, call them to see what they can offer you. Maybe an existing medication needs to be adjusted. If you feel you need immediate help go to your nearest emergency department or call your local 24 hour crisis hotline. Seek out a therapist to talk about your fears and anxieties during this time of uncertainty so that you truly do not feel alone. Most therapists are offering video or phone sessions to ensure they can continue to offer their services while doing their part social distancing.
STAY SAFE AND BE HEALTHY!!!
Shannon Baun, RP
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