Emotional Wellness and COVID-19
We are all experiencing emotional discomfort given the spread of COVID-19 and the disruption to our lives. Grief, disappointment, and frustration at losing out on experiences, as well as uncertainty and worry—all are normal reactions at this time. So how do we stay emotionally well during these times?
Be careful of COVID-19 overload. Limit the time you spend taking in COVID-19 news. It’s coming at us from all directions and this can be downright overwhelming... perhaps check in once a day.
Be careful of COVID-19 misinformation. Check out state and local government sites (https://www.mass.gov/) for up to date information. Go to the World Health Organization (https://www.who.int/) or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (https://www.cdc.gov/) for correct information about the virus.
Adversity becomes opportunity. There is no doubt that there is much that we have lost during this crisis, and while grieving is important and healthy, perhaps it is also important that we take the time to do things we may not have been able to fit into our pre-COVID-19 schedules.
Our emotions reside in our bodies, so take good care of yours!
- Maintain a regular sleep schedule—try to go to sleep and wake up at roughly the same time.
- Work towards maintaining good nutrition and regular meals.
- Limit alcohol intake.
- Limit caffeine intake.
- Get some exercise!
- Spend some time outside, in nature, especially.
- Practice deep breathing, relaxation, yoga, Qigong—many to choose from online
- Try taking up an activity that requires use of your body and mind, which can give you an emotional break: knitting, art, playing an instrument, etc.
Create and maintain a balanced schedule towards feeling productive. Meals, classes, study time, relaxation time. Having a schedule and accomplishing tasks help us contain emotions and feel a sense of control.
Social connection is important to maintain. Stay in touch with friends and family.
Take the focus off yourself: do something kind for someone else. If you can’t visit in-person, call or text.
Look through “self-care” on the Counseling Center website. https://www.framingham.edu/student-life/counseling-center/self-care/index
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