Take care of your mental health during the coronavirus pandemic

mental health photoAs the coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep across the state, many Marylanders are finding the impact not just physical, but mental as well. With stressful challenges like loss of income, isolation and the fear of contracting the coronavirus, it can be easy to feel mentally drained or checked out. To help keep calm during the pandemic, here are some ways to cope. 

Stay on a normal routine

When everyday routines are disregarded, studies have shown it becomes harder to remain positive and keep a sense of normalcy. 

While many schedules will not remain the same, you can create new healthy routines. By controlling your focus and creating daily goals, you will feel more grounded during a time that can feel uncertain in many aspects. 

Try a new hobby

Have you ever wanted to try something new, but could never find the time? Now is the perfect opportunity! Here are some hobbies to try that can assist with managing stress and staying positive: 

  • Garden in your yard.
  • Take a virtual class.
  • Read a new book.
  • Listen to music.
  • Organize your space.
  • Learn how to bake or cook.
  • Try some yoga or meditation.
  • Learn a new language.
  • Complete a puzzle.
  • Journal your thoughts. 
  • Start a craft pr oject.

Talk to your loved ones using technology

Being by yourself can be lonely and mentally draining. Luckily in 2020, we have technology that can help you connect with family and friends through social media and video calls.To stay connected, choose from several video chat apps. Take some time to research which app works best for you and your group, and invite some of your friends and family to a virtual get together.

  • Zoom
  • Google Hangouts
  • FaceTime
  • WhatsApp
  • Tango
  • Skype
  • Houseparty
  • Viber

Stay active

Exercising is a great way to boost your energy levels and reduce stress. Physical activity also can help lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of stroke and keep you more alert. Don’t have any exercise equipment at home? No problem! These workouts do not require equipment. 

Seek professional help

If you feel that you need to seek professional help, your plans cover behavioral health treatment including psychotherapy and counseling, free preventive services, including depression screenings for adults and behavioral assessments for children, prescription drugs and much more. Many mental health therapists are offering telehealth services while people are isolated at home, so you do not put yourself or others at risk to get the treatment you need. Learn more about what is covered through your Maryland Health Connection plan and how to use it for mental health services.  

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