More Helpful Tips

Here are some helpful tips, put together by a group of psychologists, on getting through the pandemic as smoothly as possible:

Keep things in perspective

Take a deep breath and remind yourself that most people who contract COVID-19 will only experience mild symptoms."Work is being done to help people who may be more vulnerable to the coronavirus, such as senior citizens and those with underlying health conditions,". The most important thing you can do to help yourself and your loved ones is to take all the precautions, including washing hands and practicing social distancing.

Plan ahead and create a routine

"With the closures of businesses and schools, creating a go-forward plan for you and your family will help keep your mind at ease. This could mean creating an at-home routine and schedule for remote work amid social distancing," says Dr. Mimi Winsberg. "Emulate your life before COVID-19 to the best of your ability—follow the same schedule of when you wake up, when you eat and when you go to sleep," suggests the mental health specialist. "Focus on things that are actually in your control and create action plans to address them," she adds.

Simply breathe

Practicing deep breathing or meditation are also great ways to alleviate stress and anxiety. Deep breathing helps you regulate your emotions by activating your parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS)—which helps slow the heart rate and restore the feeling of calm, tells Dr. Kelly Vincent. Similarly, meditating for just five to ten minutes every morning can also prove to be beneficial, says Dr. Janine Kreft.


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