The word “unprecedented” has been used and perhaps overused, but the Coronavirus undeniably affects us significantly. Social distancing has greatly affected our daily lives. This pandemic had consequences not only on our physical and social life, but also on our mental health. You probably know statistics such as the number of people infected, the recovery rate or the countries affected. Here are other statistics to consider: in a study by Wang et al, 2020, they found that in China, 53.8% of survey respondents rated their psychological impact as moderate to severe and 28.8% had moderate to severe anxiety, 16.5% had moderate to severe depressive symptoms, 8.1% had moderate to severe stress levels.
Know that you are not alone, my associates and I are here to help you. We meet clients using video portals and telephones and find these tools very affective. Do not hesitate to ask for help. In the meantime, here are some ways to stay healthy and happy.
Be creative by connecting with friends and family
Physical distance does not have to be synonymous with social distance. On the contrary, we have incredible tools at our disposal to communicate with people. Here is an example of three ways to stay connected.
- Google has just announced that they are offering the premium Hangout Meet functionality for free. This allows you to connect with up to 250 people. Zoom, FaceTime, Facebook, etc. are all great ways to connect individually or with a group.
- Netflix has a cool feature where you can still watch a movie together and chat in groups with the Chrome Netflix Party extension. It allows you to watch, synchronize the film and chat remotely.
- Consider organizing a remote dinner by planning a menu together and deciding on an hour. Plant your laptop on the counter and start a videoconference while preparing your meal. Enjoy your meal!
Taking care of yourself to manage anxiety and depression
If you’ve procrastinated focusing on your health and well-being, this is your time. Mental health, the immune system and physical health will benefit from increased attention to personal care. It is a great opportunity to create healthy habits.
- Group fitness classes are great not only for training, but because they give us a sense of community. Your gym or studio can be closed, but you can replace it with wonderful free home options and digital streaming lessons right in your home. Staying active can help reduce stress and positively distract you. Here are some options:
- Meditation is something we all want to do, but we can’t find the time to do it. Well now, there are no more excuses. There are tons of videos and guided meditation apps out there. Find a quiet place to sit even for 10 minutes and just focus on your breathing. Be kind to intrusive thoughts. Watch them float as you focus on your breathing.
- Eat healthy at home. Restaurants and cafes may be closed, but a healthy meal is close at hand. Recent research has shown that we can help manage our mood with a healthy diet. Foods like salmon, yogurt and dark chocolate have brain stimulating properties that alleviate certain symptoms. Replacing coffee with green tea or chamomile tea is also a good way to add calm to your morning.
Maintain a similar routine or create a new one if one did not exist
Being flexible and accepting change is crucial during this unprecedented period. Try to stick to your normal routine as much as possible. If you have to make adjustments due to social isolation, at least continue to do so in the same order or at the same time. For example, even if you don’t have a ride, wake up at the same time and enjoy a quiet breakfast. If you are used to meeting friends after work, consider calling them while you are out.
If a routine has never been your thing, consider creating one as a consistent sleep schedule, exercise, prepare a meal, virtually visit a friend….
Reduce the consumption of coronavirus on social networks
It’s a big one! Reading what’s going on in the world is healthy to a point. There is a fine line with obsessing over the pandemic rather than staying informed. Social media also gives us insight into the lives of others and we can’t help but compare them to ourselves. Parents recently published timetables for home education for their children. The pictures are so cute and organized and colorful. But what if you have trouble understanding everything or you just aren’t so excited about home schooling, it can leave you disappointed and a little sad. Be careful with the time you spend on the media in general. Also subscribe to happy or good news channels.
Focus on what you can do against what you can’t
You will likely now have more free time and no common entertainment source will be available. There are so many options available to you, think outside the box. We all have home projects that we say we will have too, but we can’t find the time to finish them. Or was your New Year’s resolution to write a book, read more or spend time outside. Spending time outdoors is a great way to lift your mood, feel free, and take a few steps.
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We are all in the same boat, keeping an optimistic outlook and focusing on what is possible will help you be resilient and creative. Do not hesitate to contact us by visiting www.marinaedelman.com or call 818.851.1293