In the face of uncertainty, managing anxiety and stress while also staying prepared and informed can be difficult. So what can you do to protect your mental health as the COVID-19 outbreak unfolds? Here are some recommendations from the experts.
Put down the smart phone. Take breaks from social media and the news. Give your mind a chance to disconnect. Consider setting up specific times or time limits on how long you spend checking the news each day, so you can stay informed without getting overwhelmed what may ask a toll … a mental health toll.
Take care of yourself. Engage in healthy habits as much as possible. Eat well-balanced meals, get some exercise, get plenty of sleep, and avoid bad habits, like too much alcohol.
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Enjoy your hobbies. Take the time to engage in relaxing activities, like reading a book, cooking a nice meal, or doing something creative like painting or knitting.
Check in with your friends and family. Social distancing doesn’t mean social isolation! Connect with the people you care about to share your concerns and feelings and see how you can help support them.
Take a deep breath to avoid burnout. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, stop and take a deep breath. Step back and give yourself space to process your feelings. Consider doing some stretches or yoga, or engaging in a short mindfulness exercise to help keep you grounded.
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If your stress is interfering with your daily life, contact your health care provider to ask about additional care and resources. One place you can visit: UC San Diego Health – Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at https://health.ucsd.edu/specialties/psych/Pages/default.aspx
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong mental health issues in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
Mental Health During Coronavirus Crisis
Jennifer Feist spoke to NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie about the mental health toll the coronavirus pandemic had on her sister, Dr. Lorna Breen, a New York ER doctor who died by suicide. Hospitals are working to find new ways to support doctors, nurses and staff as the crisis continues.
The Center For Mindfulness, The Sanford Institute, and the Compassion Institute at UC San Diego Health are working together to provide daily resources to support mindfulness and compassion. Find their schedule and resources here: https://medschool.ucsd.edu/som/fmph/research/mindfulness/Pages/Mindfulness-and-Compassion-Resources.aspx
We know you may be concerned about the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and its implications for the health of you and your loved ones. Your safety and well-being are our top priority. For the latest information for UC San Diego Health patients and visitors, please visit https://health.ucsd.edu/patients/Pages/2019-coronavirus.aspx