Whether or not you have or had COVID-19 symptoms, the virus has interrupted all our lives in a variety of ways. As a result, you may be experiencing feelings of loneliness and even despair. However, there are some mental health resources available to you that might help during these uncertain times.

Learn more below.

Practice breathing techniques

Sitting up straight or lying down on the floor, inhale deeply and let your stomach expand. Count to five as you exhale slowly. Repeat a few times until you feel more at ease.

Go outside for at least 15 minutes a day

Breathe in some fresh air, go for a stroll around the block, and try to get your heart rate up. However, do remember to keep at least 6 feet between you and other people at all times.

Eat healthily, and well-balanced meals

It may be tempting to eat more than you usually do at this stressful time (or maybe not eat at all), but do try to keep a regular eating schedule with nutritional food options when possible.

If you’re a parent, try not to be tough on yourself

Unusual times call for unique approaches toward babies and children. Don’t judge yourself too harshly for lifting or loosening screen time rules to get things accomplished. Model appropriate expressions of emotions, such as frustration and sadness. Most importantly, help your children feel safe, and keep them reassured as often as possible. They will take their signals from you.

Some helpful ideas for easing isolation

1. Call or arrange video chats with friends and/or family a few times a week.

Many are isolating alone, which is difficult, however, you can call the people you love across the globe. It’s OK to express how you’re feeling to people you trust. Try to put together virtual get-togethers regularly, such as a game night or book club, and call or text often.

2. Take a chance on a new interest or look into something creative you have put off.

There are many online classes and video tutorials that let you experience something new right from your home: yoga classes, DIY crafting videos, live online concerts and events, and more. There’s something for everyone and many are free.

3. Try to keep a regular sleeping schedule and routine.

If you’re having trouble sleeping, try a meditation app. There are some that let you can begin the day with a daily meditation practice to manage stress and anxiety, as well as at night for more restful sleep.

Keeping busy, positive and trying to connect with others — albeit virtually — during the pandemic may be difficult, but it can be done with an effort on your part.

Source: Various health and insurance outlets