It may seem like a lot is out of your control right now, and you may feel worried, angry or have difficulty concentrating or sleeping. However, there are still things you can do support your overall well-being.
There are several things you can do to keep yourself physically healthy, including:
- Wash your hands frequently with warm soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if you are unable to wash your hands.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Avoid close contact (about six feet) with other people.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched daily.
Speak with a mental health professional.
Family Health Centers of San Diego is now offering mental health telehealth appointments. Telehealth appointments allow you to talk to a mental health provider without needing to visit a clinic in person. Call (619) 515-2338 to schedule a telehealth appointment today.
Take care of your body.
Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly and get plenty of sleep. Taking care of your physical health will help improve your mood and decrease anxiety.
Keep in touch with loved ones by phone, text or email. Even if you can’t see them in person, speaking with friends and family can help you maintain a sense of normalcy, share feelings and relieve stress.
Limit time spent on the news.
Take breaks from watching, reading or listening to news stories, including social media. Although being informed is important, too much information may cause you unnecessary stress and worry. Consider the positive in your life and focus on the things you have control over.
Keep a daily routine and include time to relax.
Following a routine can also help you maintain a sense of normalcy. Set aside time in your routine to unwind and do activities you enjoy, including hobbies, crafts, reading or going for walks.
Manage your stress.
Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. Using positive coping skills to manage your stress will help you feel better and improve your mental health in both the short and long-term.