There’s no shame in feeling sad or scared. In stressful times, we’re all more vulnerable to anxiousness and depressed moods, panic and erratic behavior. They’re simply survival mechanisms that have protected us for millennia. But stress plus isolation is a bad combination. These passing issues can become staying problems, taking up room for rent in our heads, making a mess, and refusing to leave.
Happily, there are several simple things we can do every day to preserve our mental wellness. Just like washing hands and social distancing are critical for physical health during a pandemic, these are the preventative strategies that keep mental health strong. And luckily for us all, we don’t even have to leave our homes.