Mental Health Advice during this time of COVID-19

covid19This time of this pandemic there are  many people who are feeling depressed, anxious, fearful, angry, traumatized, etc.  They are already seeing an uptick in cases of these and it is predicted it is only going to get worse.

There are some things you can do to make these things better and the number one thing is to know that it is okay to feel that way.

Everyone is different so there are different ways to cope.  The first thing to do is know how you can cope and here are some ways to do that.  Don’t wait for a crisis to do something.  “Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.”- Nelson Mandela

  1. Make a plan every night of what you are going to do the next day.  Those things can be simple like taking a shower and getting out of your pajamas.
  2. Don’t isolate.  That is hard during this time of social distancing, but there are many ways to reach out to others including email, phone call, zoom, skype, etc.  Nelson Mandela said, ” No struggle can be waged effectively in isolation.”
  3. Reach out to others. Sometimes this will not only help you, but will help the person who you reach out to.
  4. Limit the amount of news you watch and when you do, make sure you are listening to the experts to get the right information.  Educating yourself with the right information will help with anxiety because the fear of the unknown can take a toll.
  5. Ask for help!  If you are feeling lonely, scared, depressed, anxious, talking to someone else will help.  Reaching out to a friend or loved one might be the only thing you need to do or you might need to talk to a mental health expert.  In that case, there are ways to do this without actually leaving your home. (Teletherapy)
  6. Nurture your hearts and do things you enjoy.  Hobbies, exercising, watching a Netflix movie, diy projects, crafts, etc will help and are important.
  7. Find your coping skills.  Everyone copes differently. Learn the way you cope and use those skills.
  8. Rely on your faith.  Know the Serenity Prayer.  God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.
  9. Take care of yourself emotionally especially if you are  helping others.
  10. Fear can be detrimental so do tasks to do something else to keep your mind off things.
  11. Work on your goals.  Do things you can control and focus on those.  We can’t control a lot right now, but we can overcome powerlessness by working on things that better ourselves.
  12. I know it is a cliche, but take one day at a time.  You can’t do everything you want to right now, but know we all will get through this and you can focus on that if you are taking it one step at a time.
  13. There are many articles written to help you deal with mental health issues. Find them and the good ones will help.  One I wrote: Depression Tips by a Person who Suffers from Depression due to Bipolar Disorder
  14. Focus on things you know to do like washing your hands, not touching your face, social distancing, possibly wearing a mask.  This can help with anxiety knowing you are doing everything you can do to help yourself and others.
  15. WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS! FOCUS ON THAT!!!!!

 

About Michelle Clark Bipolar Bandit

I am a strong advocate for the mentally ill and have been since I was first approached by a lawyer in a psychiatric facility as a teenager. He wanted me to help him fight how the mentally ill are mistreated. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 17 after a full blown manic episode. Before that, I suffered from debilitating depression for 4 years. My goals are to help others by sharing my story and providing tips to deal with mania and depression. I often write blogs related to advocating for people like myself. I want to encourage, inspire, and educate those with #bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses and also include inspirational #quotes. I founded the group Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses and the page Mental Health Advocates United and have several social media sites that are related to bipolar disorder and/or advocacy. If you are an advocate or would like to be, I hope you join our FB group: Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses
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1 Response to Mental Health Advice during this time of COVID-19

  1. Very good tips. Katie

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