The impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on emotional and psychological well-being is staggering. This is certainly a stressful and uncertain time affecting our livelihood and well-being. According to Mental Health America, there has been a 12 percent increase in cases of anxiety alone. Additionally, American’s are experiencing greater rates of fear, depression, and isolation well above the historical norm. During times of significant stress, it is not uncommon for our self-care to take a backseat to other priorities seemingly more important. We spend so much energy ensuring the welfare of others, and taking care of ourselves becomes a challenging undertaking. The truth is that we cannot truly help others until we take better care of ourselves. Self-care during COVID-19 can make all the difference in protecting ourselves from the ill effects of chronic stress.
- Ensure you are eating regularly
- Engage in physical exercise and joyful movement
- Wear clothes you feel comfortable and confident in
- Get plenty of rest and sleep
Emotional and Psychological Self-Care
- Learn new things unrelated to school or work
- Do something comforting and relaxing
- Find reasons to laugh
- Participate in existing or new hobbies
- Stay connected with close family and friends
- Call or write to family or friends who are far away
- Spend quality time with your significant other
- Ask others for help when you need it
There is no doubt we are all living in very stressful and uncertain times right now. Stress can very quickly impact your mood, sleep, eating patterns, and lead to substance abuse. If you or someone close to you is struggling with their self-care during COVID-19, please don’t hesitate to ask for help. We are here for you! Please call Specialized Therapy Associates at 201-488-6678 or visit our website at Specializedtherapy.com.