Supporting Mental Health Through COVID-19
Anxiety is something we all experience at different levels and for some, it can become overwhelming very quickly. Caring for your mental health is just as important as caring for your physical health, especially now as prevention efforts surrounding the COVID-19 virus increase across the state. We have collected hygiene and mental health tips that may help reduce anxiety and help make you feel more prepared at preventing the spread of COVID-19.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you are feeling ill.
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
- Cover your cough or sneeze. Use a tissue when available, if not cough into your elbow.
- Regularly clean surfaces with disinfecting agents.
- Educate your child on the importance of hand-washing regularly.
Mental Health Tips:
- Spring cleaning – get organized, give your home a deep clean. Not only will you feel a peace of mind when it comes to germs, but cleaning can have a positive effect on your mental health!
- Limit your exposure to news and social media.
- 10-15 minutes of daily meditation can help treat anxiety and better prepare you for daily tasks.
- Exercise daily – whether it be a walk around the neighborhood or getting out in nature, exercise does wonders for both physical and mental health.
- Stay hydrated
- Use time off to relax—eat a good meal, read, listen to music, take a bath, or talk to family.
- Feeling overwhelmed or anxious? Don’t ignore it. Talk to someone you trust or a professional. You’re not alone.
- Help teens by encouraging distraction and using these 5 tips to help your teen manage anxiety about the Coronavirus