We’re all likely experiencing some emotional discomfort given the spread of COVID-19 and the disruption needed public health measures may create in our lives. Feelings of frustration, uncertainty, worry, and loss for canceled events, distance from friends or family, and other significant and unexpected changes are normal reactions. So how do we stay emotionally well during these times?
Our emotions reside in our bodies, so take good care of yours! Work toward maintaining good nutrition and regular meals, get some exercise, spend some time outside, and try taking up an activity that requires use of your body and mind, which can give you an emotional break: knitting, art, playing an instrument, etc.
Social connection is good for us too! Maintain social distance, of course, but stay in touch with friends. You might even try letter writing!
Maintain a schedule, just as you would if at school. Meals, classes, study time, relaxation time. Having a schedule helps us contain emotions and feel a sense of control.
Consider keeping a journal about what this experience is like for you. But be sure to end your daily entry with 3 good things about the day, however small, to help keep your spirits up.
Maintain perspective. While this is a HUGE event for all of us, make time to reflect on what you appreciate and find meaningful in each day.