These are certainly strange and unprecedented times as we collectively try to navigate the uncertainty created by COVID-19. Although it’s important that we stay informed and aware, it’s equally important that we don’t inundate ourselves with a constant intake of media.
Instead, try your best to fuel your mind with positive thoughts, move through each day one step at a time, and do what you can to take care of yourself and your loved ones.
Stay connected to your loved ones
Since most people are staying at home, this is easier than ever.
Stick to reputable sources for information
Credible sources for reliable information include:
Be cautious about social media and 24-hour news
Avoid going down the rabbit hole on your Facebook or Twitter feed and don’t stay glued to the TV. Limit your exposure and set specific times to check for updates.
Talk to kids about what is happening at their level
Be calm and reassuring when talking to kids because they often pick up on what you do and how you act more than the words you say.
When quarantining or self-isolating, stay active
Use your time wisely with brain healthy activities. Read a book, learn something new, do crafts, do a video call with loved ones to stay connected, and watch a comedy (research shows that laughter can be a great immunity booster).
Get outside (if you aren't sick or quarantined)
Exercising in nature—but not in or around groups of people—can brighten your mood.
Take deep breaths
Take a few minutes of every hour to practice deep breathing. Simply inhale deeply for a count of 6, hold for 3, then exhale slowly to the count of 3. Repeat the process 5 to 6 times.
Fuel your mind and body with the nutrients it needs
Make healthy food choices and stay hydrated to help keep your immune system strong.
Source: BrainMD. (25 March, 2020). Caring For Your Mental Health. Retrieved [via email] from https://brainmd.com/blog/