Social isolation is impacting our mental health and well being

The nation’s top behavioral health officials are now focused on a second wave of the coronavirus lockdown this fall that could pose grave risks to the nation’s mental health. They are encouraging self-care coping mechanisms that can be incorporated into American’s daily routine.

Mental health experts recommend the following to self care tips that you can do in your home:

Have a routine that you practice every day such as waking up at the same time and getting dressed to begin your day.

Take care of your body. Exercise regularly. Eat well. Get a good night’s sleep.

Make sure you are not isolated socially. Because of these social distancing guidelines, a lot of people feel like they are alone. It is really important to maintain social connections. Check in on friends and family regularly.

Focus on the things you can control in your life

Set limits on the amount of newsworthy information you consume each day. Start by limiting how many times you seek out the news and identify the specific news outlets you retrieve information from.

Schedule some daily tasks or projects to mix up the day-to-day routine. For example, create a porch garden that you can take care of and watch grow.

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