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NAMI Resources on Social Isolation: What You Can Do

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

 

 

It’s common to feel stressed or anxious during this time. It may be especially hard for people who already manage feelings of anxiety or emotional distress. Recognizing how you’re feeling can help you care for yourself, manage your stress and cope with difficult situations. Even when you don’t have full control of a situation, there are things you can do. Below we describe how to stay informed, take action, maintain healthy social connections and find resources for support.

 

Manage how you consume information.

Equip yourself with information from credible, reputable sources such as the Centers for

Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Be selective about how you consume news. It’s generally a good idea to stay engaged and informed. Having some limits on your news consumption can help:

  • Watching or listening to the same news constantly can increase stress. Reading can be an easier medium to control how much and what kind of information you’re absorbing.
  • Set limits on when and for how long you consume news and information, including through social media. It may help you to choose a couple of 15-minute blocks each day when you will check news or social media and limit your news consumption to that time.
  • False information spreads very easily on social media and can have serious consequences for individual and public health. Always verify sources and make sure they are reputable, especially before sharing anything.

 

Follow healthy daily routines as much as possible.

Your daily habits and routines can help you feel more in control of your own well-being. Even simple actions can make a difference:

  • Make your bed
  • Get dressed
  • Connect with loved ones
  • Move your body
  • Make time for breaks
    • If possible, take regular short breaks during work or between shifts. During these breaks, go outside and engage in physical activity if you can.
  • Practice good hygiene, especially by cleaning your hands
  • Prioritize sleep and practice good sleeping habits.
    • Getting enough regular sleep is critical for your immune system
  • Eat nutritious food as much as possible, especially fruits and vegetables

 

Do meaningful things with your free time.

When you can, do things that you enjoy and that help you relax.

  • Read a book or listen to an audiobook. Many public libraries’ websites offer free audiobooks.
  • Learn a new skill
  • Create art — draw, build something, etc.
  • Journal or write
  • Play puzzles or games
  • Take an online course — various free online courses available
  • Do tasks around your home. Organize, do crafts, garden, rearrange your living space.
  • Cook something new with ingredients you have at home

 

View the full NAMI COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide at https://idaction.org/news/nami-covid19-resource-and-information-gu/.