During a situation like the COVID-19 pandemic, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and worried. Identifying ways to manage your mental health is crucial. If you have a pre-existing mental health condition, these recommendations are especially important. If you have appointments with a therapist or doctor, keep them.
You may experience increased feelings of anxiety, powerlessness, impatience, irritability, or frustration. You may also feel uncertainty about the future or worry about isolation amidst rapidly changing schedules and social plans.
While all these feelings are normal, there are several ways you can increase your resilience during this time:
- Take a break from the news.
- Take care of your body.
- Plan for coping with a potentially sudden drop in social contact and interaction.
- Create a new, adapted schedule taking cancellations into account.
- Do a “worry drop.”
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Source: Michigan Health, Wellness & Prevention 2020