Take a mental health break from the news.
Updated: Apr 27, 2020
Taking time out from the drama of television, radio and newspapers
While it is of the utmost importance to stay informed at this time too much news can wreck havoc on our mental health.
Know your sources
Fake news has been in the news and we are all well aware of what this term means now. Hopefully you have found the sources that work best for you now. If not - now is the time!
Trusted sources that are giving facts are so important right now. But there are only so many facts to give so 24/7 coverage is not essential. Turn off the radio and TV news periodically during the day and focus on a positive activity.
The things we can be enjoying right now are limited mainly by our imagination and the stress of not being able to do our usual activities. If you can work from home of course that is a priority, as well as the usual home care - cooking, cleaning, washing. But the leisure time activities that we might have time to participate in now are endless - read, write some poetry, start that novel, craft like sewing, crochet, needlepoint - get into that craft cupboard and re-discover those half done projects. Having said that don't under estimate the stress of living though a pandemic. It is not a surprise that it is hard to focus on reading or crafting - that feelings of uselessness and impotence will be a distraction. Calm and empty your mind with meditation or simply take a walk in nature or through your neighborhood.
Try writing your daily schedule or to do list the night before and if you have to move through the items on automatic pilot to bust them out you will appreciate your sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.
Self care is essential - make sure you are eating right, keeping up your fluids and getting enough sleep. It may tempting to spend the day in your pajamas but dressing will give you the same lift clean sheets do! You may find it helps to create an occasion like a walk outside or an online catch up with a work colleague, friend or relative to motivate this.
Symptoms of depression during this time can worsen if you already suffer from this affliction or develop anew. If you are finding it hard to do what needs to be done or even get out of bed in the morning seek out help. There are many phone and online services available at this time - don't hesitate to reach out.