Is the lockdown making you stressed? Here are some ways to foster good mental health right now.
It’s safe to say that most people weren’t prepared for a global pandemic. Therefore, it’s not surprising that this current situation has left a lot of people stressed, anxious, and concerned. Therefore, it’s now more important than ever that everyone is looking after their mental health. From the office of our Argyle, TX, family doctors, Dr. Christopher Hughes and Dr. William Musgrave, here are some ways to improve resilience and manage your mental health during Covid-19,
Know Your Triggers
It’s important to recognize the specific thoughts or behavioral patterns that send you emotionally spiraling. For example, you may be finding yourself compulsively checking the news throughout the day, which can increase anxiety and other negative emotions. Limit how much news you are consuming each day and find helpful mindfulness and breathing practices that can help you when you find negative thoughts and behaviors creeping in.
Stick to a Routine
Many people feel out of sorts because they no longer have the same routine that they’ve been following day in and day out; however, creating a new at-home routine can help you manage anxiety. If you are now working from home, it’s a good idea to designate a specific workspace. Follow as much of your normal work schedule as possible and tackle those household chores and other distractions after work or during specifically designated work breaks.
Just because we can’t see people face to face doesn’t mean that we can’t still connect with them, even if it is virtually. Humans are social beings after all and need regular interaction.
Schedule virtual book club sessions, FaceTime your family, or enjoy a quick mid-day coffee chat with coworkers on Zoom. Modern technology makes it possible for us to still stay connected even during these challenging times.
We know that these are unusual and particularly stressful times for everyone. Our medical team here in Argyle, TX, wants you to know that we are here for you and are still providing care and treatment through telemedicine visits. So, whether you need to get a prescription refilled or you want to talk about the best ways to alleviate stress, the team at Argyle Family Practice is here to help. Call us at (940) 226-4850.