Staying Healthy, Mentally

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  1. samanthacubbison profile imageSTAFF
    samanthacubbisonposted 11 days ago

    We at HubPages hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy during this difficult time. If you are stuck inside, there are a bunch of things you can do to stay sane—such as Marie Kondo-ing your bookshelves, or, if you have kids, learning how to use E-books for homeschooling purposes. Aside from taking physical precautions, our team has been discussing the many ways to stay well mentally. Here are some practices and resources that we have been utilizing.

    General Recommendations

    1.  Take everything one day at a time.
    2.  Be kind to yourself and others.
    3.  It's ok to be scared, bored, angry, sad—just don't let those feelings isolate you. Share them with others as a way of fostering connection and deepening relationships.
    4.  Look at this experience as an opportunity to slow down and identify what is most important to you.
    5.  Limit exposure to news coverage.
    6.  Seek connection and support.

    Resources

    1.  "Practicing Self-Care During Stressful Times"
    2.  "A Psychologist's Science-Based Tips for Emotional Resilience During the Coronavirus Crisis"

  2. Nell Rose profile image91
    Nell Roseposted 11 days ago

    Thanks. Yes so many things we can do to keep mentally healthy. I don't know about other people but it is such a weird feeling this whole thing. Obviously the virus itself is frightening, but its more than that. People are doing and saying things so different to the norm, it will take a long time to get used to it.
    As my mother said when she was a Sergeant in the WAAFs back in the day, for the few months of the war, people were in a constant state of panic, by then end of the first year they were knitting while bombs dropped! You get used to it and adapt.

    1. samanthacubbison profile imageSTAFF
      samanthacubbisonposted 11 days agoin reply to this

      Social distancing is hard—We're social animals, after all. But for the sake of ourselves and others, it is well worth it. Though it may take a while, I believe that we will come out on the other side of this with a new appreciation for our community. And like you said, we'll get used to it and hopefully be more prepared in the future.

      1. Glenis Rix profile image96
        Glenis Rixposted 10 days agoin reply to this

        My friends and I, all self-isolating because we are 70+, have set up a WhatsApp group. My son calls me every day, we FaceTime and I have downloaded a great app to read stories and play games with my grandchildren. Having a garden is a blessing - it must be horrible to be confined to an apartment (the Italians have found a wonderful way of dealing with it!). Stay safe everyone and be thoughtful of the needs of others. ❤️

  3. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image95
    Wesman Todd Shawposted 11 days ago

    Limiting exposure to "news" coverage is an especially good idea. Holy smoke how horrific the things are which pass for news in the USA these days.

    When I share my feelings much in these forums I get banned. hmm

    Solid list and advice. Well done.

  4. Rochelle Frank profile image91
    Rochelle Frankposted 11 days ago

    Please keep HubPages alive. With all the “social distancing” going on, it is one place we can still congregate.
    I know earnings are down but many of us have so much in common here and feel connected. One of my favorite experiences here was getting a comment on one of my humorous hubs— an elder man on the other side of the world from me  with a different cultural background, said my article made him laugh. That meant a lot to me and I told him so. He replied “ humor is humor” and I truly realized that all people share some basic qualities.
    Apologies for the verbosity... I just appreciate the opportunity to be a participant.  It is a vitamin contributing to mental health.

    1. lobobrandon profile image88
      lobobrandonposted 11 days agoin reply to this

      HP is a great place for many reasons smile Well said.

    2. samanthacubbison profile imageSTAFF
      samanthacubbisonposted 11 days agoin reply to this

      We will do our best! Thank you for the kind words. Stay healthy!

  5. Kierstin Gunsberg profile image97
    Kierstin Gunsbergposted 11 days ago

    Samantha, thank you so much for the encouragement! Even as HP has grown and changed, it feels comforting to know that you all are still checking in on us smile

    1. samanthacubbison profile imageSTAFF
      samanthacubbisonposted 11 days agoin reply to this

      Of course! During a time of social-distancing, I am so thankful that we can continue interacting with our community in some capacity. I hope you are all doing well.

  6. bhattuc profile image81
    bhattucposted 11 days ago

    It is true that we have to keep our spirits high. Bad times are generally followed by the good ones. We must hope for that.

  7. MitaraN profile image44
    MitaraNposted 10 days ago

    Hi Samantha, Thanks for checking in on us and the tips.

    Be safe all

 
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