The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has many specific tips and measures of precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Practicing social distancing limits the spread of the virus from one person to another. A standard distance is to maintain at least six feet between you and the next person. For more information and tips on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and how to protect yourself, please visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.
Those who have come in contact with COVID-19 are required to self-quarantine and isolate in order to prevent the spread of the virus. According to the American Psychological Association, this can take a toll on one’s mental health. However, there are measures a person can implement to protect their mental health. It’s important to stay connected with family and friends through social media, FaceTime, or Skype. It’s also important to occupy your day with a schedule and routine so you continue to stay active. Examples include cooking, exercising at home when you can, reading and watching movies. Finally, maintain a positive mental attitude. For more information on coping mechanisms and tips, read the APA’s article here:
Feeling overwhelmed and anxious because of the spread of COVID-19 is natural. You’re not alone. Many people are feeling anxious about the uncertainty surrounding the spread of the disease. What can help ease your worries is to see the silver lining in this matter. We now have an opportunity to spend more time with ourselves and with our loved ones. We now have an opportunity to value what truly matters to us: our health, our livelihood, and our relationships. Most importantly, remember that we are in this together. Collectively, we will get through it together. Be safe and be well.
As we continue to keep ourselves healthy and safe during COVID-19, it’s important to practice social distancing. However, social distancing should not be confused with social isolation. In our age of technology and social media, we can still interact with loved ones and friends via Skype, FaceTime and other means of communication without having to put ourselves in potentially health compromising situations.
If you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed by sadness, depression, or anxiety please reach out to a family member or someone you trust to help you through the situation. Otherwise, click the link below for telephone numbers and resources for help lines and community mental health groups.