Maintaining Mental Health During the Coronavirus Pandemic
The coronavirus and its spread have caused many to feel stressed, fearful, and anxious. Those who are currently in quarantine or self-isolation may also be experiencing depression as the result of the lack of social contact. All of these are forms of trauma that can have a negative impact on mental health. However, several options, including teletherapy, are available to address them.
If You Are Experiencing Anxiety
Coronavirus anxiety is a negative thought pattern. The more attention that is placed on anxious thoughts, the more out of control and intense they will become. You can stop this domino effect in its tracks by doing the following.
Be Selective About News Sources
Because the situation is always changing, it’s always good to ensure you remain informed and updated. However, it’s important to concentrate only on the facts. Be very selective about the news sources you choose, and limit the amount of time spent watching. Once you’ve gotten the latest information, change the channel, watch a movie, or turn off the TV.
It is also beneficial to avoid sources that can cause further confusion, negativity, and panic, such as social media. Let those on your contact list know you are taking a break, and encourage them to get in touch via email or another method.
Access Your Inner Sources of Strength
Meditation can be very soothing for those who are experiencing anxiety and depression. Conscious breathing allows for a return to yourself and can restore calm; take a few minutes to focus only on the sound and feeling of the air entering and leaving your lungs. Connecting with your higher power of choice and surrendering your worries and fears can also do much to lessen anxiety.
If You Are Experiencing Coronavirus Depression
Depression is a mood disorder that can develop as the result of social isolation. Modern technology like FaceTime and Skype makes it possible to remain in touch with friends and family and enjoy their company, which can help lift your spirits.
Learning a new skill allows you to nourish yourself with something you have a passion for. Art and music can both be great ways to use your energy in a positive and constructive way while lessening depression.
Cleaning your space is another positive activity. The act of clearing your immediate surroundings of dust and clutter can have a positive effect on your mental health, as can starting or continuing with an exercise routine.
Healthy Body, Healthy Mind
In order to keep your mind healthy, it’s important to also nourish your body. Eat fruits and vegetables of all colors, choose lean meats, and supplement with immune-boosting probiotics, vitamins, and supplements. You’ll also want to stay hydrated and avoid sugar.
Get Help for Anxiety and Depression
When you can combat anxiety and depression associated with coronavirus in California, both mind and body can benefit. Apex Recovery’s teletherapy services help to increase coping skills so that you can respond to anxiety and depression in safe and healthy ways. Call (877) 798-4404.