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How to Care for Your Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way people all over the world live. Concerns about illness, worries about financial stability, and uncertainty about the future ahead have increased mental health issues in so many. These issues are particularly worrisome if you struggle with substance abuse, since mental health is so crucial for maintaining sobriety.

While times are certainly challenging, hope is not lost. Taking the following steps will help you unplug from daily stressors and recommit yourself to sobriety.

Turn Off the News

While it’s definitely important to stay informed about coronavirus so you can protect yourself and your family, you don’t need to consume news and information 24/7 to do so. Set aside time in the morning, no longer than a half hour, to catch up with news and developments. From there, restrict your consumption of the news in favor of healthier pursuits. Taking a leisurely walk through your neighborhood is a great way to decompress. If you have children, spending some quality time with them will help you focus on what really matters.

Keep in Touch with Your Loved Ones

One of the most difficult things about the COVID-19 pandemic is how it keeps people away from their loved ones. You may not feel comfortable visiting friends and family who are older or who have health issues that make them more vulnerable. That doesn’t mean you must remain separate from those you love, however. Texts, phone calls, and video chats all help you maintain a connection with the people important in your life. Video conferencing apps, such as Zoom, even allow you to virtually “hang out” with a group of people, so you can retain a sense of community while following social distancing orders.

Take Care of Your Body

When your body is physically healthy, your mind can be too. If you’re not comfortable going to a gym right now, look for alternative fitness methods. Local parks are a great place to be active and maintain your distance from others. You can also workout at home using the magic of the internet. Search for free online fitness classes, such as yoga, to exercise in the comfort of your own home. Physical activity is great for releasing tension when you’re feeling stressed or anxious.

Write Down Your Thoughts

Journaling helps put your thoughts in order so you can work through negative emotions. It’s also a great way to unwind after a long, stressful day. If you’re having trouble coming up with ideas on your own, try these journal prompts to get started:

  • My plan for tomorrow is…
  • I’m most proud of…
  • I’d like to learn more about…
  • My loved ones are important to me because…
  • If I could change one thing in my life, it would be…
  • I’m afraid of…
  • I’m grateful for…

Find Additional Support

While you are at the center of a successful recovery, you can’t do it all on your own. That’s why our team at Duke City Recovery Toolbox is reaching out to let you know you’re not alone. Times are tough for everyone, but we’re here to support you in sobriety by offering a range of addiction recovery services.

Feel free to contact us for more information. You can also call (505) 224-9777 to schedule an appointment. We take your health and safety seriously, so we’re following all CDC recommendations to prevent the spread of coronavirus.