ABC's of Mental Health

Now more than ever, we are being faced with a time of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Regular routines have been changed to include new realities such as working from home, temporary job uncertainties, home-schooling children, social distancing and health concerns. These changes are challenging and impact us all differently, but we are in this together!

Daily we are bombarded with COVID-19 news updates educating us on how to protect ourselves physically. What can we do to protect our mental health? Here are some ABC’s on how to help decrease your anxiety and stress levels during this time.

Avoid excessive news exposure

  • It is good to stay up to date with what is going on regarding the pandemic. However, excessive exposure can increase anxiety and stress
  • Take breaks from news stories.

Body awareness – physically and mentally

  • Physically:
    • Stay active! Just 30 minutes of exercises a day can help you feel physically and mentally more refreshed.
    • Fuel your body with healthy, well-balanced meals.
    • Get your “beauty rest” – ensure you get at least 7 hours of sleep per night.
  • Mentally:
    • Breathe – participate in meditation and relaxation techniques to rest your mind. Stretching, yoga, and tai chi are great ways to get in tune with your breathing!

Connect with others

  • Share your concerns with a friend or family member.
  • Use today’s virtual technology to stay connected – plan a virtual family game night or virtual coffee date with a friend.
  • Utilize support networks if you are dealing with increased anxiety or stress.

The main take away…

You are not alone, we are in this together. We must come together as a community to stay both physically and mentally healthy during this time. Please reach out to any of our convenient locations to set up your FREE consultation with one of our physical therapists to learn more about what you can do to get started with the physical part of managing stress and anxiety.

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Kara Wilmore