The coronavirus pandemic is affecting everyone differently, sometimes adversely, and individuals in the public relations industry are not exempt from this. One area in particular where many are suffering is self-care. Whether it is working longer hours or spending days without seeing loved ones, the change at home and work can affect your overall health. Forty-five percent of adults in the United States reported to the Kaiser Family Foundation that their mental health has been suffering, as they have been worried and stressed due to the coronavirus. If your mental health has been negatively impacted by COVID-19, keep reading for the top five coronavirus self-care tips.
1. Stay active
Even though your gym may be closed, it is crucial to continue exercising on a regular basis. Not only is exercise important for your physical health, but it is also important for your mental health. According to the Help Guide, exercise can help lower feelings of stress and depression.
There are many ways to get your heart rate up. You could find an exercise video on YouTube or take a walk around the block. Getting some fresh air will improve your mood and help put things in perspective. Just make sure to wear your mask and abide by the six-foot rule!
2. Focus on what you can control
During this uncertain time, you may feel anxious that you are not in control. Things are constantly changing and you may be struggling to keep up. For this reason, it is important to focus on the things you can control. This will help you overcome anxious thoughts and be present in the moment.
3. Chat with friends and family
If you live by yourself and have started working remotely, you may be feeling isolated and alone. Even though you are advised not to see your family and friends in person, you can schedule a time to Facetime or Zoom each week. This will help you stay connected and maintain your relationships. It will also remind you that you have people in your corner.
4. Take a break from the news
Even though it is important to stay informed about COVID-19, you should limit your media intake. If you spend all day checking the news, you will likely experience psychological distress, which will have a negative impact on your mental health. Tell yourself that you will only check trusted news sources once or twice a day to stay up-to-date.
5. Learn something new
Instead of watching Netflix or looking at social media, try something new. There are many online resources and tutorials that can help you learn new skills. By learning how to play a new instrument or speak a new language, you will feel a sense of accomplishment. Click here for LA Times’ 50 how-to tips with links to free online tutorials.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to engage in self-care during this difficult time. No matter what you do, make sure to listen to your needs and lean on family and friends for support. Remember, we are all in this together. Let us know if any of these tips worked for you!