The COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything most of us have ever experienced, and we still don’t know the long term effects it will have on the people who have to live through it. Lockdown, social isolation and constant news about the virus can all increase the stress we experience, so we’ve put together a guide for taking care of your mental health and reducing stress in quarantine.
How Stress Harms Your Body
Stress can have severe negative effects on our bodies, especially when we deal with it for extended lengths of time. Too much stress can worsen sleeping habits, increase or reduce your appetite, cause concentration problems, worsen chronic and mental health conditions, and increase your use of tobacco products, alcohol, and other substances.
Stress Relief Tips and Tricks
Reducing stress can be difficult in a time like this, but it’s vital for your mental and physical health. Relieve some of your stress by informing yourself about the virus and having a plan in place if you or someone you love is affected. At the same time, don’t get caught up in the news every day. Try only checking the news once or twice a week, and reduce your time on social media.
If your stress is getting worse, reach out to a loved one or even a mental health professional for help. Having someone to confide in can help us feel less lonely, and it can give us a chance to let go of our worries.
Try keeping your mind occupied by picking up new or abandoned hobbies or spending time with your friends and family via phone call or video chat.
Managing Your Mental Health in Quarantine
Another way to manage your quarantine stress is taking extra steps to maintain your mental health. Staying on a sleep and work schedule can give you the structure you need throughout the day, and making time to unwind every morning or evening can give you a chance to silence your mind and relax. Daily exercise releases endorphins which help to improve your mood, and eating healthy without relying too much on caffeine will help you feel less sluggish throughout the day. If you take any psychiatric medications or have a therapist or support group, keep up with these through televisits with your doctors and Zoom support group meetings.
Helping Your Loved Ones Cope With Stress
Helping others cope with stress can also be beneficial to your own mental health, as long as you’re also focusing on taking care of yourself. Try reaching out to your loved ones through text, phone calls and video chats to help them feel less alone. This can create an opportunity for bonding, and it’ll probably be greatly appreciated.
Comprehensive Primary Care at MD365
No matter what you need, MD365 clinics might be able to help. We offer efficient, comprehensive primary and urgent care for adults and children, and we’re always happy to accept walk-ins. If our experienced physicians and nurse practitioners can’t help you, we’ll refer you to a specialist who can. For more information, or to find a clinic near you, call or visit our website today!