Mental health month is here and it’s time to bring attention and care to your well being. This can seem almost impossible given the global pandemic crisis the world is experiencing right now with the COVID-19 virus. However, as we’re cooped up in our homes, emptying out our pantry, remaining sedative with little to no sunlight or exercise, these sudden changes in our lifestyle can take a toll on our physical and mental health and even steer some of us back into drug or alcohol addiction. And for those dealing with the added struggles of anxiety, depression, and addictions it can be a recipe for disaster if you’re in danger of relapsing during these uncertain times.
So here are 6 coping mechanisms to deal with (COVID-19) if you have mental health issues.
It’s said that motion creates emotion. And although many aren’t going out as much there are plenty of things you can do to keep busy around the house. Try to stay active and keep yourself in physical shape by doing those house chores you’ve been putting off for months or even years. Or try to find a new exercise routine or make more love with your partner. Whatever it is being active can get your blood flowing and your mind off of negative thoughts and give you energy.
One of the best things that the coronavirus has brought us is a closer connection through online video chat. Many are taking to the Internet through software like “Zoom” and the new “Facebook Rooms” to connect with each other in ways we’ve never seen before. Even employers and organizations are discovering online group video chat to connect with their members with some even preferring the new method as it allows employees to stay safe and save money on commuting.
KEEP THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE
Although we’re dealing with a lot of uncertainty we should be grateful that we’re safe, have the bare essentials and have each other. We all have so much to be thankful for and sometimes it takes just looking at things from a different perspective to realize this. Create a list of things you’re grateful for and in no time you’ll be surprised how long that list is. Another helpful thing you can do is avoid negative emotions by turning off the news for a few days and staying off social media which can sometimes paint a skewed gloomy outlook on things.
This is not the time to blame anyone for the crisis. Just deal with what you can control and leave the rest in God’s hands. Just make sure you and your family are washing their hands for twenty seconds, using hand sanitizer, wearing gloves and mask and practicing social distancing guidelines. And be sure to stay updated on your states quarantine rules and the latest Center of Disease and Control news about COVID-19.
BE KIND TO YOURSELF AND OTHERS
The pandemic is a global event that will most likely define our generation and change our lives forever. But at least for the first time in mankind we’re experiencing something together as a collective. And how we treat each other during this crisis will define how we overcome it. But how you treat yourself will also define how you overcome it. Allow yourself to feel down if you need to but also allow yourself to feel good as well. Emotions are transient and like the Corona, they shall pass too.
Some may have lost their jobs and be struggling financially. There are plenty of resources available to you where you don’t have to suffer alone. Contact your utilities, mortgage lenders, banks, credit card companies, landlords and other vendors and explain the situation. Many may be more able to understand and even defer late charges. And if you’re struggling more personally with cravings or thoughts of relapsing there are tons of addiction services available to you that can make these struggling times a bit more comfortable to handle.
Please know that if you or a loved one is struggling with drug or alcohol abuse we can help. We’re all in this together. Get help today and find out about Ambrosia Treatment Center’s drug and alcohol addiction treatment center program. For more on COVID-19 updates please see:
Rest assured Ambrosia Treatment Center remains open to care for clients, families and our communities suffering from substance abuse. We’re maintaining our 24 hour drug and alcohol abuse hotlines and are admitting clients daily, space and availability allowed. Please do not hesitate to reach out 24-hours a day for any questions, concerns and referrals to get you the help you deserve.