It is likely families will have to stay at home longer than anticipated. This can cause stress and anxiety in the household.
Here are some tips from the CDC on how to deal with the stress and cope with being at home:
1. Do not overload on news or social media.
Reading, watching or listening to the news, including social media can be upsetting. Keep up to date, but make sure you change your focus to something more positive.
2. Take care of your body.
It is important to take care of yourself so you can take care of the ones you love. Make sure you get at least 20-30 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise daily (150min/week), stay mindful with yoga, meditation or simply sit still and take a few deep breaths, choose healthy foods, get plenty of sleep, and avoid drugs or alcohol.
3. Make time to unwind.
Whether it’s working from home or helping children with class assignments, it’s easy to stay plugged in to your devices. Take breaks to relieve some stress. Get up and stretch, go for a short walk, read a few chapters of your book, or work on projects around the house. Do something to distract yourself from the stressors around you.
4. Connect with others.
We live in the age of technology. Our options to communicate have grown considerably and they continue to evolve. Whether it’s picking up your mobile phone to call (or Facetime) someone, or spending an hour on Zoom or other meeting platform to connect with your colleagues, set aside time for face to face connections. Simply waving at your neighbors or drawing positive chalk messages on the sidewalk is another positive way to connect.