How to Cope with the COVID-19 Pandemic

With the recent outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), many of us must remain at home in accordance with the recommendations set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Social distancing during an already stressful and overwhelming time can increase anxiety, especially for those who already struggle with a preexisting mental health condition. To combat some of the challenges you may be facing during this trying time, the team at the Law Offices of Heidi H. Romeo, APLC compiled a list of tips on what you can do to cope with the stress of this situation.

Overcoming Stress and Anxiety During an Outbreak

Whether you are self-quarantining on your own, have roommates, or have a family, social distancing can be troubling for individuals of all ages. You may notice changes in sleeping matters, decreased appetite, an inability to concentrate, or an increase in your use of tobacco or alcohol.

Now more than ever, it is crucial for you and your loved ones to stay healthy. Not only does this include your physical health, but your mental health as well. Of course, this is not an experience most of us are familiar with, which is why we are providing some tips to get you through this outbreak.

Here are some tips to help you and your loved ones cope with the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • If you frequently watch, read, or listen to the news, be sure to take regular breaks. Consistently exposing yourself to this can increase stress, anxiety, and be incredibly upsetting. You can stay informed while consuming news in moderation.
  • Many of us rely heavily on social media. However, just as you need regular breaks from the news, you should take a break from social media.
  • Remember to take care of your body. Even during a time of social distancing, you can find ways to stay healthy. There are some at-home exercises you can do or you can go out for a walk as long as you maintain physical distance from others. Additionally, try to get plenty of rest, stay hydrated, and avoid drug and alcohol use.
  • Although you cannot socially visit friends and family or go to dinner at your favorite restaurant, there are other ways to connect. With today’s technology, it is easier to stay in contact with friends and family. You can FaceTime, text, email, or call loved ones to remain connected. Talk about how you are feeling and any concerns you may have.
  • Find ways to enjoy yourself by engaging in favorite hobbies or trying new things, such as a game or a new craft.

If you have children, here are some tips you can consider to support them and make this experience easier:

  • Talk to them about the outbreak, so that they understand why they have to socially distance themselves. You should, however, also reassure them that they are safe and that it is okay to feel stressed out about the situation.
  • Limit their exposure to news coverage about the pandemic to reduce their anxiety and fear.
  • Help them maintain a regular schedule at home and create fun or relaxing activities that allow them to unwind.
  • Lead by example and take care of yourself.

The Team at the Law Offices of Heidi H. Romeo, APLC is Here to Help

We understand that this is a difficult time for everyone and will continue to provide the support and legal guidance you need while promoting safety and health.

Contact our law office today at (888) 880-8803 to schedule a consultation.