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10 Mental Health Tips for Social Distancing

Published on March 24, 2020

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With the spread of the Coronavirus, we’re being inundated with guidelines about how to keep ourselves and our families healthy and virus-free. One of the main prevention techniques is social distancing. While this practice will help protect our physical health, isolation can definitely take a toll on our mental health.

Being confined to your home for an extended amount of time poses risks to your mental and emotional well-being, so it’s important to be kind to yourself in these challenging times. There are simple activities and positive habits to adopt to stay happy and healthy.

We recommend these 10 social-distancing practices to ensure positive mental health:

1) Stay connected to your friends and loved ones using technology.

Utilize video chat to maintain as much human contact as possible during social distancing. If you don’t have access to a video chat tool like FaceTime or Skype, just pick up the phone or send a text. A little bit of contact goes a long way.

2) Enjoy the sunshine!

Weather permitting, you should make an effort to get out of the house, even if it’s just for a quick stroll around the block. As long as you’re following the recommended CDC guidelines for social distancing during coronavirus, this is a good way to boos t your mood.

3) Limit your exposure to the news.

We’re not recommending avoiding the news all together, but try not to obsess over the constant updates surrounding the Coronavirus. Stay up-to-date by choosing a small window of time to watch the news or read internet articles. Fill the rest of your day with positive, healthy habits.

4) Exercise your brain.

Now is the perfect time to start reading again or take up a new brain-challenging hobby like puzzles or Sudoku.

5) Engage in family activities.

Take advantage of your time together and engage in group activities like board games, cooking a family meal, or movie night.

6) Try yoga or meditation.

In this environment, it’s very easy to get paralyzed with fear and anxiety. If you feel yourself going down a rabbit hole, stop and take deep breaths. Even taking five minutes to meditate or do yoga can have a positive impact on your mental state.

7) Create a daily routine.

When you’re stuck at home, it’s easy to fall into a rut. Give yourself a simple to-do list so you can stay busy and keep your mind away from negative thoughts. Don’t go overboard though – you also don’t want to burden yourself with unnecessary stress.

8) Do the things you enjoy!

Remember the things that you really love to do, and try to find a way to do them even if it requires some modification.

9) Limit alcohol use.

It may seem like a good idea to have a drink to take the edge off, but alcohol can actually increase depression and weaken your immune system. If you do decide to have alcoholic beverages, just drink responsibly and in moderation.

10) Take a shower and get dressed.

This may sound silly, but bathing yourself and putting on fresh clothes each morning can really help improve your mood and outlook on the day. Also, you’re less likely to have thoughts of feeling “dirty” and vulnerable to catch COVID-19 if you bathe regularly.

It’s important to remember that you’re not alone in this! Here’s a list of helpful resources:

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline or call 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Nationwide Children’s Organization: https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/giving/on-our-sleeves/find-help/tools-for-you/coronavirus

Anxiety & Depression Association of America: https://adaa.org/finding-help/coronavirus-anxiety-helpful-resources

If you’re suffering from depression or anxiety, please consult your doctor.


This article is for general information and should not be relied on as medical advice. Check with a medical professional for medical advice.

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