It’s that appropriate time of year when both Mental Health Awareness Month in the US and Mental Health Awareness Week in the EU amalgamate forces to become .

We made that last part up, but the fact of the matter is that it’s safe to say those of us born after World War II have never collectively accomplished annihilation like the COVID-19 communicable as a global community. Anybody is afflicted by the communicable in one way or another, and anybody has mental health.

And that means we need to exercise our minds the same as we would our bodies, be aware of our mental state just like we keep track of our concrete health, and treat our mental health with the same import as we should our concrete well-being.

This begins by compassionate the unique challenges presented by living in a communicable that could potentially aggravate mental health altitude such as abasement and anxiety.

Challenges:

  • Handling misinformation
  • Change in accepted (Working from home versus alive from the office)
  • Possible application / accord disruption (furloughed, laid off, or cut off from loved ones)
  • Existential fear of application a potentially deadly virus
  • Isolation

According to the Mayo Clinic staff:

The COVID-19 communicable has likely brought many changes to how you live your life, and with it uncertainty, adapted daily routines, banking pressures and social isolation. You may worry about accepting sick, how long the communicable will last and what the future will bring. Information overload, rumors and misinformation can make your life feel out of ascendancy and make it cryptic what to do.

So how do you cope with abasement and all-overs brought on by novel stressors? Well, there’s no one-size fits all method, but there are several things anybody can do to combat the “COVID-19 blues.”

The Mayo Clinic recommends eating healthy, accepting plenty of rest, alienated boundless screen time and accepting plenty of exercise. This is good advice all the time, but during continued periods of social disruption or abreast it’s even more important to focus on core mental health concepts.

The World Health Organization offers added advice in the form of an infographic:

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As it says above, it’s important to manage your acknowledgment level when it comes to “bad” news and abashing media. Maybe now isn’t the time to follow Netflix’s recommendations for people who like the movie Contagion.

Another key point we can glean from the WHO chart is that we should rely on facts from acclaimed sources. The COVID-19 communicable is not a hoax, and it’s important that people manage their expectations reasonably. Knowing what to expect can abate a lot of anxiety.

Finally, the most important tip for blockage mentally advantageous during the communicable is to convenance self care. This means adhering to admonishment and hygiene routines and advancement a advantageous diet and concrete fettle routine. But it also means arena video games, eating chocolate, making or alert to music, watching your admired movies, and snuggling with blimp animals if that’s what helps when you’re activity down.

In other words: give yourself a break. Don’t be hard on yourself for being afraid and scared during a awkward and scary time for the whole world. It’s okay to get a little less work done if you need to just focus on breath and existing. Now’s the time to take a mental health day here and there if you’re able.

If you’re activity more than just a bit of “cabin fever” and the accepted abasement and/or all-overs from COVID-19-related stress, you should reach out. There are myriad options for online attorneys and therapists, but you can also just call or text a friend or loved one. If you’re not sure who to talk to, check out the afterward links for assets and help award addition who’ll listen.

  • WebMD’s how to find a therapist
  • Woebot is an AI chatbot that knows a thing or two about cerebral behavioral therapy
  • Psychology Today has therapist listings by location
  • Headspace tells you how to find a therapist when you don’t know where to start
  • UK-based online mental health tools

And if you or addition you care about is in mental distress, don’t alternate to acquaintance a professional. Here’s some assets for those gluttonous actual assistance:

  • NHS UK Mental Health help lines
  • Suicide Prevention Life Line’s “Talk to somebody now”
  • Suicide help lines by country

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