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Going out after COVID-19

June 24, 2020 

Depending on where you are located things are starting to open back up and as we start to venture out, we still need to take precautions to keep safe. Here are some things you should know to protect yourself and others safe.

  • In general, the more closely you interact with others and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread.
  • If you decide to engage in public activities, continue to protect yourself by practicing everyday preventive actions.
  • Keep these items on hand when venturing out: a cloth face covering, tissues, and a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, if possible.
  • Stay at a safe distance of 6 feet, choosing to take part in activities that are outdoors will help make this easier
  • Stay home if you are sick or you have been around someone that is not feeling well
  • Keep up on CDC guidelines and restriction for your specific area

If you still do not feel comfortable with going, here are some tips to help alleviate some of those anxiety and depression feelings.

  • Keep or make a routine - Make routines for yourself, even if it is just a few small things, like making your bed every morning or eating lunch at the same time every day.
  • Limit your news intake - The constant influx of news notifications takes a toll on our mental health and energy levels. Stay informed, but take intentional breaks from consuming news, and consider only reading/watching a few trusted sources.
  • Move your body - Even without access to a gym, it is important to engage in exercise for both our physical and mental health. Walk, run, bike, or use at-home video workouts.
  • Do activities you enjoy - Some of the activities you love doing may not be options right now, but we can still read, listen to music and podcasts, make art, watch movies, and more. Try to engage in one activity each day that brings you joy.

If these things are not helping, then seek a mental health professional to speak to. You can also check out the links below for more information on anxiety and depression.

https://www.healthline.com/health/anxiety

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/symptoms-causes/syc-20356007

If we all do our part, we will be able to get through this crisis. Stay safe and healthy!