For many people, the uncertainty surrounding Coronavirus fills them with anxiety. We don’t know how exactly we’ll be impacted or how bad things might get. That makes it all too easy to catastrophize.
It is easy to succumb to fear in the face of uncertainty and unpredictability. Especially if you are in the high-risk category or living alone.
A new normal.
We have learned new preventative measures over the last few weeks. We must stay at home and only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work. When outside we are following new guidelines to stay two metres (six feet) away from other people and wash our hands as soon as we get home.
We put together some simple tips to help you relax.
Connect with family, friends and neighbours.
Social distancing may require us to stay in our homes, but that doesn’t mean we have to isolate. It’s essential to stay in communication with family, friends, neighbours and other resources. Use the phone, text, email — all means possible — to stay connected especially to your adult children. Basically, stay in contact with anyone who matters to you.
Try to avoid speculation and look up reputable sources on the outbreak
Rumour and speculation can fuel anxiety. Having access to good quality information about the virus can help you feel more in control.
Follow the links below for reputable information in your country:
United Kingdom: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
We found other useful resources if you are living with or caring for a loved one with substance addiction:
Substance Abuse’ resource page: https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/resources/covid-19/
A discussion about guarding mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic:
Take care of your body and spirit – Self Care.
Take it easy: Go easy on yourself if you’re experiencing more depression or anxiety than usual. You’re not alone in your struggles.
Routine: Even if you’re stuck at home, try to stick to your regular sleep, meal, or work schedule. This can help you maintain a sense of normalcy.
Enjoyable activities: Read a good book, watch a comedy, play a fun board-game. Try a new recipe or a piece of art. It doesn’t matter what you do, if it takes you out of your worries.
Get out in nature, if possible: Sunshine and fresh air will do you good. Even a walk around your neighbourhood can make you feel better. Just be sure to avoid crowds, keep your distance from people you encounter, and obey restrictions in your area.
Exercise: Staying active will help you release anxiety, relieve stress, and manage your mood. While the gyms and pools are closed, you can still cycle, hike, or walk. You can also do online exercise videos. There are many things you can do even without equipment, such as yoga and exercises that use your own bodyweight.
If you live alone or you are worried about a family member living alone follow the link below to purchase your own Uccello Kettle: