We know that you are most likely being bombarded with messages about the Corona Virus, whether that be on television, social media, and in your community networks. At times like this, anxiety, stress, fear and negative thoughts can easily take control. You may be worried about being in crowds, your loved ones, your seniors, your 401K or how to manage a quarantine.
Give an Hour and the Campaign to Change Direction want to underscore the importance of your mental health during this time. Using our Healthy Habits as a guide, here are some tips for your emotional health as well as your physical health!
Take Care of You
- Tune in to how you’re feeling daily.
- Take regular breaks from the news.
- Go for a walk or hike.
- Learn and practice meditation each day.
- Keep a food journal and plan ways to eat healthily.
- Get 8 hours of sleep and/or take a nap during the day!
- Listen to an inspirational podcast.
Check in With Others
- While maintaining social distance, use technology to stay connected with people in your life.
- Call or video chat a loved one, family member, or friend to check in on them and let them know you care.
- Write a letter to a loved one letting them know how much they mean to you.
- Take time to connect with an old friend via phone or email.
Engage and Connect Wisely
- Video chat your loved ones and “join” them for meals.
- Review your social media and screen time habits; follow positive people and messages.
- Create an online photo album to share with friends and loved ones.
- Learn a new hobby! Go online and learn how to paint or make a delicious meal!
- Pull out board games, puzzles and cards.
Relax and Reduce Stress
- Listen to your favorite playlist.
- Weather permitting, work in your garden.
- Open that book you have been wanting to read and escape into its pages.
- Indulge in a hot bath.
- Catch-up on your favorite TV series.
- If you find it relaxing, tackle that junk drawer, pantry or closet!
Know the Five Signs
- We wash our hands for our physical health, learn the Five Signs of Emotional Suffering to keep up with your mental health.
- Paint rocks or shells with the Five Signs emoticons and hide them around your community.
- Take a selfie showing you know the Five Signs and post it on social, asking others to learn the Signs. Don’t forget to use #ChangeDirection.
In addition to Change Direction tools, many of our partners have helpful resources that you may want to check out.
- If you’re feeling anxious and need someone to talk to, text SIGNS to 741741. The Crisis Text Line is a 24/7, free and confidential service.
- The Mighty has created an online community that encourages conversation about mental health issues, resources, education, and good tips for managing these stressful times. Become one of the Mighties.
- Read these tips and resources from the ADAA on how to manage anxiety.
- Keep up to date on COVID-19 facts from the CDC.
- Check out this informative comic from NPR on COVID-19, it’s kid friendly!
Remember to follow us on Facebook for more up-to-date ways to connect and #ChangeMentalHealth.
Randy Phelps, Ph.D.
CEO, Give an Hour
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