As our communities seek to slow the spread of coronavirus, we’re all adapting to a new way of life that risks greater isolation, higher anxiety, and more uncertainty about the future. Finding ways to cope with our new way of life is vital in the days ahead. And with the stay-at-home order from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it looks like we’re all going to be spending more time near our homes.
Go for a walk: Yes, it’s safe to go outside, and you should feel free to walk, run, and bike around your neighborhood and local trails unless you’re officially quarantined. Be sure to practice the same social distancing techniques recommended for indoors—stay six feet away from others, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and cough into your sleeve.
Stay connected: From YMCA group exercises to meals at the Tri-County Active Adult Center, so many of our normal social interactions are on hold for the next few weeks, but there are ways to stay connected even when you can’t get together in person. Wave to your neighbors when you’re out walking. Call an old friend you’ve meant to keep in contact with. Keep in touch virtually through video chat.
Unplug from the noise: It’s important to stay informed, but constant analysis of the situation can cause harm. The CDC recommends taking breaks from watching and reading news stories, including social media.
Stay grounded: For individuals with preexisting mental health conditions, these disruptions to the routine can have an even greater impact. Stay mindful of how the extra strain is impacting you. Help is still available for those with mental health concerns despite the impact of coronavirus.