Managing Coronavirus (COVID-19) Anxiety

Quarantining yourself at home can play an important role in preventing the spread of infectious diseases. But this doesn’t mean that coping with the disruption in your normal routine is easy. Taking care of your mental health is essential, even if your time in quarantine is relatively brief in the grand scheme of things. 

For you:
- Avoid excessive exposure to media coverage
- Connect through calls / text / internet
- Add extra time for daily stress relief
- Practice self-care
- Focus on your mental health

For kids:
- Reassure them that they're safe
- Let them talk about their worries
- Share your own coping skills
- Limit their news exposure
- Create a routine & structure

For quarantine / isolation:
- Keep in contact with your loved ones via social media, texts, and phone calls
- Create a daily self-care routine
- Keep yourself busy: games, books, movies
- Focus on new relaxation techniques

For responders:
Responding to COVID-19 can take an emotional toll on you, and you may experience secondary traumatic stress. 
- Acknowledge that secondary traumatic stress can impact anyone helping families after a traumatic event.
- Learn the symptoms including physical (fatigue, illness) and mental (fear, withdrawal, guilt).
- Allow time for you and your family to recover from responding to the pandemic.
- Create a menu of personal self-care activities that you enjoy, such as spending time with friends and family, exercising, or reading a book.
- Take a break from media coverage of COVID-19.
- Ask for help if you feel overwhelmed or concerned that COVID-19 is affecting your ability to care for your family and patients as you did before the outbreak.

Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with anxiety. Helping others cope with their anxiety can also make your community stronger. 

Stay safe,

The Spiritully Jewelry Team