When a crisis hits, it’s instinctive for people to come together in solidarity and help one another. The social support is instrumental in negating any negative impact the events can have on one’s mental health. The coronavirus outbreak is unlike anything in modern history with governments requesting that people isolate and distance themselves from others – something humans tend NOT to do when a crisis happens. 

 

With that in mind, how can you stay sane during this trying time?

 

Keep Connected 

 

With mobile technology advancements, it’s never been easier to stay connected others – via phone, text, email, instant chats, video chats and more. Use your free time to reach out to people. Create a sense of togetherness even though you are not physically together. Connect with friends and loved ones and reconnect with those you haven’t spoken to in a while.

 

Listen To Reputable Sources 

 

Although you want to stay aware, choose what news sources you listen to.  Go with two reputable news sources to get your news at certain points during the day but beware of overexposing yourself to media reports.

 

Keep Up Healthy Habits  

 

Good sleep is a necessity in order to keep your mind and body healthy. However, without the structure of working and going to school, many people stay up later. This ends up affecting their sleep cycle as well as their moods for many weeks.

 

You should also incorporate exercise and relaxing activities to help you feel better mentally. 

 

Take Care Of Yourself 

 

This is the time to take care of yourself first before trying to help others. When you don’t take care of yourself, you cannot take care of others. This is the time to do the things you want to do and start saying, “no” to those things that you don’t want to. Taking care of yourself means protecting yourself from feeling the burnout. You may be used to a busy lifestyle, but the downtime at home can be used for activities that will help you relax – baking, yoga, reading, walking, etc. 

 

Minute changes can help you get through the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Written by contributor Susan Powell.  Source: RTE