Emotional Wellness Strategies During COVID-19 Emergency
Emerging public health protocols and social adjustments due to COVID-19 challenges our collective emotional wellbeing. As human beings, we are wired to be socially connected with others. In fact, there are many positive physical and mental health benefits from being connected to others. Conversely, social isolation and a lack of physical contact can carry concerns for negative emotional impacts.
Coping strategies include keeping oneself connected to both accurate information as well as to other people, while adjusting this interaction to minimize risk. Here are some strategies for coping with social isolation:
- Practicing mindfulness and relaxation exercises
- Stay connected by phone and electronically
- Keep current connections strong
- Stay informed through reliable sources
- Limit your screen time
- Eat healthy and drink plenty of water
- Call elderly and house-bound friends and neighbors to see how they are feeling. Bring them meals and special treats, being mindful of their vulnerability and susceptibility.
- Play board games with your kids
- Read to your children and have them read to you
- Take on a home project, paint that wall that you have been thinking about
- Work in the garden
- Have push-up contests or do yoga together
- Make special meals and involve the whole family, eat healthy!
- Order in meals from favorite restaurants that you don’t think normally do takeout
- Get outside – go for walks, runs, and hikes (maintain social distancing)
- Assign someone at work as your Morale Officer to focus on your team’s wellness
We are wired to be socially connected. Doing so safely requires diligence and creativity. Keeping a positive and informed perspective that we will get through this, together, is critical to reducing the emotional impacts and continuing to create resiliency.
Help is Available
Common symptoms of stress experienced in response to trauma include anxiety, sadness or depression. Challenges may be noticed in sleep, concentration, work or in relationships. Help is available. The Community Wellness Team is a collaboration of many local agencies working together to support the wellness of our community.
Community Wellness Line: (805) 364-2750