Stress levels rise during a global health crisis. It is completely normal to experience periods of panic, loneliness and boredom, uncertainty about the future, generalized stress, anxiety and depression, and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
When feelings become too much to manage on your own, reach out to a therapist, social worker, helpline or your peers who can help you through this difficult time.
- Practice meditation
- Start a garden
- Learn a new language
- Read a classic novel
- Volunteer to foster an animal
- Try new, immune-boosting recipes
- Get creative with crafts
- Put photos in a photo album or create a scrapbook
- Reorganize and redecorate a room in your house
Social distancing can be challenging, but social distancing does not mean social disengagement. We are fortunate to live in a time when technology allows us to stay socially and emotionally connected while we stay physically apart to protect each other.
Video conferencing services such as Zoom, Google Meets, or FaceTime, allow you to connect with friends and loved ones.
See if elderly or vulnerable friends and relatives need you to help them place an order online. Or call to simply say hello, and let them know you’re thinking of them.
If you need help getting through this challenging time, please contact one of the following emergency helplines or websites.
Depression and suicidal thoughts: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress. Call (800) 273-8255 or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org/.
Domestic violence: The National Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24/7 at (800) 799-SAFE (7233) in more than 200 languages. All calls are free and confidential. You can also chat online if you can’t talk at www.thehotline.org/help/.