Realizing that your day-to-day life has changed and may change even more in the future, remember that you can still stay connected. Feeling disconnected from friends and family is normal. Even if you feel good now, we recommend that you take a proactive approach to your wellness and plan to stay connected.
WA Warm Line is a peer support help line for people living with emotional and mental health challenges. Calls are answered by specially-trained volunteers who have lived experience with mental health challenges. They have a deep understanding of what you are going through and are here to provide emotional support, comfort, and information. All calls are confidential.
For a list of warmlines by state, please visit www.warmline.org.
Sleep is the best tool in your toolbox for staying healthy.
Bedtime: set a bedtime and stick to it. Try to see if you can go to bed at the same time each night.
Screentime: limit screen time before going to bed and do not use your phone, computer, or TV while falling asleep.
Caffeine: reduce caffeine consumption before bed
Your Bed: try to limit using your bed for studying or watching TV.
Just because your gym or athletic center is closed does not mean you should forego exercise. In fact, exercising while practicing social distancing and being under quarantine can help you to keep fit and healthy.
We are all experiencing a great deal of stress and uncertainty. Try to make time to relax as much as possible.
Find natural light: enjoy some time sitting by a window or outdoors to soak up the sun and some vitamin D.
Take a shower or soak in a tub.
Try the App "Calm."
Check out www.headspace.com.
Watch a movie, read a book, play a game.
Revisit coloring, with an adult coloring book.
Keep Track of Time
Having a sense of time passing can make help with anxiety while social distancing.
Keep a clock or calendar on hand.
Orient yourself towards windows so that you will be exposed to the natural progress of the sun and time passing.
Plan a schedule for each day. Use time blocking strategies.
Addressing Worries and Fears
It is common to feel increased worry and fear in response to health crises. Often, the uncertainty regarding what will happen can increase fears and worry. Below are some resources to help manage stress. If you find that your worry leads to feeling that you may hurt yourself or others call 911.
Distancing from others and staying home may make it difficult to feel like you are contributing. Sometimes, it can even make people feel like they lack a sense of purpose. Volunteering to help others in need can help to relieve some of these feelings of hopelessness. If you are interested in helping or volunteering consider the following organizations: