How to Handle the Pandemic and Social Distancing
Every day brings new updates and guidelines on how to address the current coronavirus outbreak. Yet, a key item on the list – social distancing – poses unprecedented challenges to our mental and emotional wellbeing and requires some consideration. The risk can be especially high for children who are suddenly cut off some school and friends. Here are a few mental health tips to take into account during this time.
Acknowledge what’s happening and allow yourself to feel. Don’t be ashamed of feeling scared or sad or lonely. It’s a challenging time and there is no right or wrong way to deal with the emotions.
Stay connected. Social distancing does not mean social isolation. You can still FaceTime, call, text, and have a Zoom happy hour with your friends. Stay in touch with loved ones to give yourself a boost of happiness.
Try breathing exercises. Mindful breathing is where you match your in breath with your out breath and focus on scanning your body. It’s a calming technique that allows you to focus on the mind and body and bring them together. Just a few minutes of this every day can help.
Manage your news intake. Being informed doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice your mental health. Limit your news intake to protect your mind from getting overwhelmed.
Be kind. Check in on your loved ones and offer to help your local community. Spreading joy and kindness can go a long way in helping people stay home and stay safe.
These tips can help you cope mentally throughout this time. For all of your personal and commercial insurance needs, contact the team at Kneller Agency today.
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