Whether you’re in a location that has a “shelter in place” order or you’re socially distancing due to Coronavirus, there’s no doubt that your life has changed.
Change can challenge your mental health, but Psychotherapist Dr. Kathryn Smerling says, “walking in nature” helps with self-healing and has been a mental-booster for her and her clients.
reasons why coronavirus outbreak can make your mental health worse
• going into survival mode
• feeling hopeless
• worried loved ones will die
• increased health anxiety
• being alone with your thoughts
• financial uncertainty
• not knowing when it will end
— Mental Health Notes™ 📄 (@depressionnote) March 22, 2020
Smerling also suggests workout videos and apps, virtual yoga sessions and Facetime parties as a way to deal with isolation.
Setting a schedule, pacing yourself and setting rewards is key to dealing with such a tough time. Smerling says a lot of therapists and psychologists are offering virtual sessions to help people heal.