We are facing unprecedented times and maybe you’re feeling overwhelmed or even helpless in light of the Covid -19 pandemic. How you are feeling is understandable but together we can get through this. I know we can, so right now, I want you to consider the things you can do to get through this crisis and manage your worries.
First, it’s important to stay informed with what is happening in your community but try not to obsess. So try to stick with reliable sources for Covid – 19 updates such as the Ohio Department of Health, CDC, and the World Health Organization.
Second, limit the amount of time you dedicate to social media feeds for information.
Third, limit how often you check for updates. Constant checking throughout the day can lead to obsession and this can begin to fuel anxiety.
It’s important to focus on the things you can control. The CDC and our state officials have made recommendations for reducing risk to Covid – 19 such as:
- Wash your hands frequently (for at least 20 seconds) with soap and water or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your face (particularly your eyes, nose, and mouth).
- Stay home as much as possible, even if you don’t feel sick.
- Avoid crowds and gatherings of 10 or more people.
- Avoid all non-essential shopping and travel.
- Keep 6 feet of distance between yourself and others when out.
- Eat healthy meals and get plenty of rest
- Follow all recommendations from health authorities.
Make the best out of a bad situation. Social distancing can take a toll so it’s important to be intentional about staying in contact with family and friends through social media, web conferencing, letter writing or telephone. In addition, don’t let coronavirus dominate every conversation.
Practice self-care. Be careful not to self-medicate with alcohol or other substances, rather consider incorporating a daily relaxation practice such as mindfulness, deep breathing, taking a walk in nature or yoga to alleviate stress. You might want to consider incorporating into your daily getting back into or starting a hobby such as reading or gardening.
Be a support. If you know people in your community who are isolated—particularly the elderly or disabled—you can still offer support. Perhaps an older neighbor needs help with groceries or fulfilling a prescription? You can always leave packages on their doorstep to avoid direct contact. Additionally, donating to food banks can be of great help for those organizations that support the needy.
Teletherapy. Keeping a journal and relying upon your support network is a really good idea; However, if you believe you might need additional support to get through this trying time feel free to contact me. Rather than face to face counseling sessions I am offering Zoom web video conferencing. I know this is a difficult time but we can get through this together!
Covid Care Line: 1-800-720-9616