8 Helpful Coping Practices During COVID-19

8 Helpful Coping Practices During COVID-19

As states, cities and individuals across the United States strive to reduce the spread of COVID-19, many of us suddenly find ourselves working from home without our normal routine and scrambling to get back some sense of normalcy. Our trauma-informed team pulled together some helpful tips for establishing a routine and developing coping strategies to stay physically and mentally healthy during this disorienting time.

  1. Maintain a regular sleep pattern. 

    It can be tempting to sleep more during this time due to being home-bound and possibly less busy, but it can be healthier to maintain a sleep pattern that you are used to and works with your normal sleep bio-rhythm.

  2. Eat as healthy as possible!

    Fresh fruits, vegetables and protein are key to staying mentally and physically well.

  3. Do some form of exercise every day.

    Try walking around your home or yard, floor exercises, or even mild leg lift or arm lifts. You don’t have to bust out your CrossFit routine, but moving your body is key to maintaining both physical and mental health.

  4. Maintain good hygiene!

    Shower, brush your teeth even do the little things that make you feel good about the way you look.

  5. Find some space for mental rest.

    Practicing mindfulness, journaling or going for a walk without listening to music can help center you during an anxious time. 

  6. If you are home and working, try to keep your normal work schedule.

    If you normally work 8-5, it will be helpful to set that as a “work time” boundary. It can be tempting to work more or less than normal, but remaining engaged and creative in the work process is very good for your well-being.

  7. If you are no longer able to work, this could be a great time for completing projects that have been on the back burner.   

    Perhaps it’s cleaning out closets, the garage or basement, or researching new education or job opportunities for moving forward. Try and set one completable task to accomplish each day, and find a way to reward yourself for getting it done. P.S. We are still hiring during this time. View our current job openings.

  8. Perhaps most importantly, stay connected to friends, family and others.

    There are so many ways to reach out while at home, be it by phone, text, video chat or even letters. Reach out to people you know who may not have a large support system. Check in to say hello and let them know that you are thinking about them. Although this is an uncertain and scary time for so many people, it can be a chance to re-connect with others in a very meaningful way.

This list may seem simple, but for those struggling with anxiety, depression or other mental disorders, it can be a tall order. Please do not be afraid to reach out for help during this time. Many mental and physical health providers now offer or have increased their use of teletherapy and telehealth services. If you do not have a mental health provider or need additional services, calling 211 will connect you to a host of area resources. You may have to stay distant from others for now, but you are not alone!