Tips on how to stay mentally healthy during a pandemic:
- Remember, we are all experiencing this together. Others are having symptoms just like you. Those may be, Panic, fear, uncertainty, loneliness, cabin fever, among other things.https://getpocket.com/explore/item/if-coronavirus-scares-you-read-this-to-take-control-over-your-health-anxiety?utm_source=pocket-newtab http://theconversation.com/coronavirus-self-isolation-a-psychologist-explains-how-to-avoid-cabin-fever-133317
- If you are housebound because you are ill remember that you can use Skype, Zoom, Facetime, and other video services to call your friends and connect.
- Go for a nature hike. The weather is warming up as spring is rapidly approaching, drive to a park and walk or sit in the sun and soak up that vitamin D while practicing social distancing. Follow state and local guidelines on leaving the house.
- Watch Movies! Sleep! Read! Exercise! https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/09/the-scientific-7-minute-workout/
- Play PVP video games. That’s right folks, sit down, put that headset on and play in a virtual world.
- Stay informed and get the most current, up to date facts from the local county health department, the state health department, and the World Health Organization. Read the Oregonian, Willamette Week, and the Portland Mercury https://www.portlandmercury.com/
- Remember that in times of lost wages, there is unemployment help as well as the Oregon Trail Card and WIC https://www.oregon.gov/employ/unemployment/pages/COVID-19.aspx.
- Rent assistance is a thing: https://counselingresourcesblog.com/portland-resources/
I am offering services through Teletherapy until we get through this, please let me know how this does or does not work for you.
11. Mindfully prepare for a situation that will hopefully not happen.
Red Cross Information on preparing for the possible continuing spread of Covid-19:
12. Know where to get the best information:
World Health Organization Response to Covid 19:
Stress and anxiety with during this crisis https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fprepare%2Fmanaging-stress-anxiety.html
State of Oregon Information:
State of Washington Information:
Multnomah County Health Department:
Clackamas County Health Department:
Washington County Health Department:
Clark County Washington Health Department:
Oregon Office of Emergency Management tools and resources for Oregonians
13. Use these coping techniques, among others you may already use to stay calm during these times:
14. Apple has released an app for Covid which is very helpful