The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many changes to how we live. It is normal to feel sad, stressed, scared or worried. People react in different ways.
Monitor your health
Consult with your healthcare provider should you have any COVID-19 symptoms and keep track of additional medical supplies you might need (oxygen, prescription medications etc.) and create a back-up plan.
Consider taking breaks from watching, reading or listening to news stories, including using social media.
Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals. Exercise regularly. Get plenty of sleep. Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
Apart but connected
Check in with your loved ones often. Consider connecting with loved ones by telephone, email, mailing letters or cards, text messages, video chat, zoom get together, social media, etc.
Normal routine regime
As much as possible stick to a normal routine – wake up times, personal hygiene, regular meals and hydration. Keep alcohol and substances to a minimum.
If you are feeling particularly anxious or if you are struggling with your mental health, reach out to a mental health professional or to your healthcare provider for support.
You do not have to be alone with your worry and it can be comforting to share what you are experiencing with those trained to help.
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