As a society, we’re experiencing truly unprecedented times together. With the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19), our normal daily schedules have been completely altered. Social distancing may be our best way to prevent further spreading of COVID-19, but we realize that at times, this can be a difficult process. South Bay wants to encourage you to take some time and find ways to best cope with stress and anxiety while practicing social distancing. Below we’ve outlined ways you can continue to care for your mental health during isolation. 

Take a short break from the news 

We understand that paying attention to news updates is more important than ever at this time, and you should stay informed. However, we encourage you to take some time away from your television, computer or phone screen each day. Listening to news cycles and scrolling through social media for long amounts of time can be upsetting and unhealthy. Read a book, try a new recipe or take on a new project at home to pass the time. 

Take care of your body

Take breaks throughout the day to go on a walk or exercise in your home. When you begin experiencing feelings of stress or anxiety, relax your body by doing things that work for you – take deep breaths, stretch, meditate or engage in activities you enjoy.

Virtually connect with others

Social distancing does not mean social isolation. Connect with those who you trust, and let them know how you’re feeling. Community is extremely important in times like this, and you can still feel connected via phone calls, video chats and texts. 

Social distancing in a time like this can be extremely difficult, but it’s not impossible to manage your stress and anxiety during this time. If you or someone you know is struggling to maintain good mental health while social distancing, we encourage you to contact South Bay Community Services. We are offering telehealth services, and we are happy to set up a call if you have any questions or concerns. 

For more information, contact us at 508-521-2200 or click here.