As events continue to unfold, it can be difficult to cope with the new, perhaps intrusive thoughts and feelings that come along. Increased anxiety during this time is normal, and we are all experiencing it to some extent — but that doesn’t have to mean we let it rule us. With a little effort and a lot of grace for ourselves, we can learn how to minimize this and keep our mental health in check.
Here are some tips to help you and your family thrive during this uncertain time:
- Ensure you are taking good care of your family and yourself. When our routines change, it is crucial to remember to eat, drink plenty of water, and get enough sleep.
- You are in control of the media you consume. While it is important to stay updated on important information, it is also important to put your mental health first. Focus on what speaks to you — and limit your exposure to what doesn’t. If minimizing the frequency at which you watch or read the news is going to best serve you, then that is an incredibly responsible decision to make.
- Take care of your thoughts. We have control over our thoughts and how they rule us. Just as we can control our exposure, we can control how we fuel our brains, and what thoughts we let reign supreme.
- Focus on what you CAN control. This might include items listed above, such as media consumption and our thoughts, but it also extends further, such as who we allow into our lives. Choose people that support you where you are right now. Make good choices for YOU — some people may not be in alignment with what you need right now.
- Keep as much structure as you can in your life right now. Find what works for you in terms of rituals and schedules that feel just right for you. Keep self-care at the top of your list.
- Stay connected virtually during this social distancing period. We all need connections and luckily, technology allows us to do so.