You’d be forgiven for feeling stressed, anxious or depressed in the midst of the current global health crisis. Now, possibly more than ever, it’s important to look after your mental health. Here are some tips and resources for staying grounded while you’re social distancing. This blog is just intended as general advice and shouldn't be taken as medical guidance. If you feel you need to speak to a professional, head over to Burrell Behavioral Health.
Recognize Your Mental Health Symptoms
Understanding your own behavior can help you recognize when something is wrong. If you notice significant changes in your mood or what you’re doing day-to-day (or if someone close to you that you trust notices the same thing), it’s a good idea to speak to someone. According to Burrell Behavioral Health, key changes to be aware of include:
• Generalized worry or fear
• Difficulties with attention or concentration
• Intermittent bouts of moodiness
• Disturbances in sleep (too little or much more than usual)
• Increased physical complaints or worsening of chronic health issues
• Increased desire to misuse substances (for example alcohol, drugs or even certain prescription medications).
These aren’t necessarily symptoms of mental illness, but can still be difficult to deal with and potentially lead to long term issues. It’s always worth asking for help.
Self-care is important for your body and your brain. Eating well, exercising, spending some time outside, meditating, or even doing chores while you listen to music or podcasts—all of these count as self-care if they help you feel good.
Make Downtime Productive
Have something you always wanted to work on but never had the time? Whatever it is, now could be your chance to get started. It could be writing a book, homemade crafts, rearranging your furniture or even just watching classic movies you’ve never seen. This is especially helpful if you’re not working. A lack of routine can severely impact your mental health, so organize your day. Give yourself tasks and to-do lists and establish your own workday, no matter what it is you're getting done.