Recommendations to take care of our mental health during the COVID19, pandemic

  1. Identify how you are feeling. If it helps, try naming your emotions, fears, and concerns at the time. Sharing your emotions with people who are close to you may help you accept them and feel you have the support you need to deal with the emotional distress that the present situation may bring you. 

  2. Keep yourself informed by official and trustworthy sources in your community. Nevertheless, try to limit the time you dedicate to this, staying permanently connected won’t make you more informed and won’t give you more control over the situation. Instead it may give you more distress, making you feel more at risk and increasing your anxiety. 

  3. It’s important to follow the directions given by the authorities, concerning how to take care of yourself and your loved ones and how to prevent a more complicated situation. Try neither minimize the situation, nor maximize it. This will allow you to act in a calm but responsible way. 

  4. If you are in a high risk area and it is recommended to stay at home and limit your movements, try to stay in touch with your family and friends by phone, social networks, etc. This will diminish the feeling of being isolated and lonely, feelings which can make you more anxious. 

  5. Try to continue, as much as possible, your daily routine. Take extra care of your sleep and eating schedules. If it’s already affected, try to design a new routine and take advantage of the time you have to do things you like that you usually don’t have time to do. 

  6. If you have experienced crisis and difficult situations in the past, try remembering how you dealt with them back then and which personal resources were useful at the time. Now is a good time to take advantage of these past experiences. 

  7. If you are feeling anxious, sad or overwhelmed, it’s ok to look for help. As psychologists and therapists, we are working to help people deal with the stress they may experience. Help may come in different ways, in this time when its hard to move, it could be through a video call or a phone call. The important thing is that a professional can walk you through this process.