How MetroWest Residents Should Manage Depression While Social Distancing During COVID-19
COVID-19 has spread around the world and is disrupting business and personal lives. People are worried about finances, jobs, health and safety, and business and school shutdowns.
Social distancing is imperative to limit the spread of the virus. However, isolating yourself in your home during this time can be difficult and presents a psychological challenge to everyone. Patients in MetroWest with depression should educate themselves on ways they can manage their symptoms as best as possible during isolation.
How to Manage Depression When Social Distancing
With limited contact with other people and a disrupted regular schedule, you may experience heightened symptoms of depression. This could include low mood, a lack of motivation, irritability, anxiety and negative thoughts. To encourage a positive cycle in your life during this tough time, we have some ways to help you manage your symptoms.
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Stay Connected with Friends and Family
Everybody is advised to physically distance as much as possible to reduce the spread of covid-19. This means that you may not be seeing your loved ones very often and have minimal contact with the outside world. This may accelerate depression symptoms if you are feeling alone during this time.
To alleviate your low mood or feelings of loneliness, it is important to make time to call and video chat with friends and family regularly. This way you can socialize, laugh, and reconnect without putting loved ones at risk. Talking to someone close to you can provide you with the interaction you need during this time, as well as give you a shoulder to lean on.
Create a Routine
You want to create a sense of normality while you are socially distancing at home. If schools are shut and you are forced to work from home, you can still create a routine to keep you focused. Although it is a new environment and it can seem restricting, creating a schedule can work around this.
This is a time to be proactive and productive, concentrating your energy on staying focused on tasks. Try to avoid falling into bad habits that are going to make you feel worse like sleeping in or lounging in front of the television for hours.
Setting goals is important for maintaining good mental health. So, plan your day with a to-do list and a routine to follow. Do not forget to have breaks and include fun activities in your daily plan.
Limited Negative Media Coverage
There is already a lot of negative and upsetting coverage about covid-19 on television and online. If this is going to heighten your feelings of depression while you are social distancing, it is best to limit your intake of this media coverage.
To ensure this does not contribute to your negative thoughts, make sure that you only read important information from health officials. You may also want to limit your use of social media as you cannot control what other people post. Seeing the highlights of their day may make you feel more down.
Enjoy Your Favorite Activities
Keeping your spirits as high as possible is important during social distancing. Concentrate on enjoying some of your favorite activities or hobbies during the lockdown. For example, this could be practicing yoga in front of the television or completing a puzzle. Something that gives you a purpose and alleviates your low mood. Do your best to occupy your time with positive activities that make you feel good and can boost your mood and health.
Go for a Walk in the Fresh Air
If you are experiencing low moods and irritability, you may feel like you want to stay in all day with the curtains shut but this is not going to do your mental health any good. It can make your depression worse. The best thing you can do is go out for a walk.
You are still allowed to exercise outdoors as long as you keep your distance from others. The fresh air can be rejuvenating and sunshine can help to improve your mood. Good endorphins are released during exercise, too. So, you will probably feel a lot better after you have been out. Try to go walking every day.
Talk to a Professional
If you are struggling during social distancing and feel your depression may continue to get worse, it is best to speak to a professional. They can help you get your depression under control and feel confident again.
A psychiatrist can be easier to talk to than family or friends, offering you expert information and guidance. Everyone has a unique experience with depression but a professional has the tools to help and can talk to you about your symptoms and possible treatment.
The team at Novum Psychiatry can help you manage symptoms of depression and anxiety related to covid-19. Please give our office a call and request your confidential evaluation today.