Right now everyone is affected by what’s going on in our world today. An invisible virus called Covid-19 is sweeping through the world claiming the lives of many people. Children are home, people have lost their jobs, and essential workers are risking their lives everyday to go to work. Millions of people are under a stay at home order where social distancing is being encouraged to prevent the spread of the virus. The only reason you should be leaving your home is to gain access to essential items or attend a job that is deemed essential. Everyone reacts to stressful situations differently but people that suffer from mental conditions may look at it as if the world is caving in on them. Below are 5 things that people with depression can do during this pandemic to keep themselves sane.
1. Go For A Walk
Need to clear your mind from all the thoughts clouding in your head? Take a 20 minute walk around the neighborhood. Exercise can release feel good endorphins that can improve your well being. It can also take your mind off the negative thoughts you may be enduring. Enjoy a brisk walk!
2. Learn a new hobby
Take this time to find something your passionate about or always wanted to try and put it to work. Brush up on study material or take a course and learn something new. Udemy is a website that offers courses that can teach you skills such as blogging or any other type of trade you want to learn. Some of their courses do require a fee while many of the courses they do provide are free. Also, if you’re interested in learning how to make PPE for your community to fight Covid-19, YouTube has plenty of videos that can teach you how to make face masks, face shields, and other protective gear in very creative ways. This is a great way to keep you busy and to also give back to your community during this time of need.
3. Zoom with family and friends
Even though we are supposed to be practicing social distancing that doesn’t mean we can’t meet up with family and friends via virtual. Zoom is a remote conferencing service where you can plan meetings via video conferencing. It’s free to sign up and they recognize the struggles of what is going on today. So go ahead and plan that happy hour with a couple of friends and catch up with each other!
4. Netflix and Chill
Ever wanted to catch up on your favorite TV series but you just didn’t have the time. Now is a perfect time to catch up on anything and everything you have been wanting to do. Have a day where you can kick back and relax and binge watch your favorite series. Remember to try and not over eat!
5. Spring Clean
“Keep yourself busy by making you and your family a priority in staying healthy”
Right now is the perfect time to start that spring cleaning and organizing! Covid-19 is here and if you’re a person that absolutely hates germs and filth then this would be a perfect time to do it! Keep yourself busy by making you and your family a priority in staying healthy by keeping your home and vehicles germ free. Sanitize objects in your home that are constantly touched and used. Organize closets and get rid of clutter.
This is not easy and we know how hard it can be to cope with depression during Covid-19. Try to stay clear of news channels and articles that bring your level depression down. It’s okay to stay informed about what’s going on in the world today, but it’s also okay to take a break. We are all in this fight together. If you or anyone you know is experiencing overwhelming emotions like sadness, depression, anxiety, or a sense in harming yourself or others please call any of the numbers listed below for immediate support. Always call 911 in emergency situations first.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255
National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-802-787-3224
Disaster Distress Hotline 1-800-799-7233