Wellness and Self-Care
Separate what is in your control from what is not. There are things you can do, and it's helpful to focus on those. Wash your hands. Remind others to wash theirs. Take care of yourself. Limit your consumption of catastrophic news.
Do what helps you feel a sense of safety. This will be different for everyone, and it's important not to compare yourself to others. While we are all social distancing due to the potential for sickness, we can continue to interact with friends and family through safe means.
Get outside in nature while avoiding crowds. Sometimes nothing feels better than to get some fresh air. Exercise also helps both your physical and mental health.
Challenge yourself to stay in the present. Try not to worry about things that are out of your control. Perhaps your worry is compounding-you are not only thinking about what is currently happening, but also projecting into the future. When you find yourself worrying about something that hasn't happened, gently bring yourself back to the present moment. Engaging in mindfulness activities is one way to help stay grounded when things feel beyond your control.
Stay connected and reach out if you need more support. Talk to trusted friends and family about what you are feeling. If you are feeling particularly anxious or if you are struggling with your mental health, it's ok to reach out to a mental health professional for support. You don't have to be alone with your worry and it can be comforting to share what you are experiencing with those trained to help.