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Staying Mentally Healthy Amidst Social Isolation

04/17/2020

By: Alyson Moss - Business Development and Marketing Manager

Socially distancing does not mean you need to socially isolate! We live in the times of technology, making connecting with friends and family a click away. Utilize FaceTime, SnapChat, Zoom, and connect to your social circle to not feel isolated.

Get to know your neighbors. Remember the days of block parties and chatting at the end of the driveway? Not suggesting you should do that now, although you may reconsider in a few months. But, find out who your at-risk neighbors are and offer to help. See if you can get them something at the store or offer to make a meal. Simple acts of kindness can go a long way in building comradery in your neighborhood.

Make sure to get your body moving. During stressful times it good to take a walk outside to help your body relax and boost your energy. Sunshine and Vitamin D do wonderful things to our moods!

Take time to care for your diet. With all the curbside to go and delivery options available, it’s easy to rely on the convenience of prepared food. Why not take time as a family to create and cook a meal? With everyone at home, it’s a great time to start new traditions in the kitchen.

Rest appropriately. Sleep has many benefits and during stressful situations it can help in keeping your mind and body healthy and focused. Getting at least eight hours of sleep can prepare you for a better day. However, oversleeping can cause one to feel sluggish. As a best practice, continue to use your alarm even if you’re working from home.

Consume news in moderation. While it’s important to stay informed and up to date on the latest information, too much information can add to our stress levels. Repetitiveness is not good for our mental health. Once you are informed, try turning off the news and turn on a feel-good movie. Disney movies are our favorites. Take advantage of your friend’s book lists and Netflix recommendations.

Most importantly, know that feeling anxious and concerned is a normal response when our bodies are feeling stressed. We are all in this together and we will all get through this together.

*If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please seek professional help if necessary.