Hey there! Just checking in on my sweethearts.
Like many of you, two months ago I was starting my first 14-day quarantine and never would’ve guessed that two months later I’d still be in quarantine. At times it’s been nice to be able to spend more time at home. Other times I’ve felt overwhelmed, anxious and stressed. Entering the next phase of these uncertain times, with states trying to reopen and with so many unknowns, stress levels are even more heightened. With this month coming to a close, it seems extremely relevant and fitting to acknowledge that May is Mental Health Awareness Month.
So my question is, how are you doing? How are you coping with stress, anxiety and mental health during this time?
Below are a few ways I’ve tried to be proactive about my stress levels and mental health.
Focus on what I can control. Maintain healthy habits by getting plenty of quality sleep, eating well-balanced meals, and exercising regularly.
Trying to avoid excessive news coverage of COVID-19. This includes reading, watching, listening to news stories. There is so much information (and misinformation) out there. So I try to focus on reliable sources like the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Staying connected to friends and family. These days there are so many different ways to stay connected to our loved ones. Skype, FaceTime, Marco Polo, Google Hangouts just to name a few. To be honest I feel like it’s actually brought me closer to some friends and family members so it’s been wonderful!
I truly hope you all are taking care of yourselves, staying safe and healthy!