TMC/UH’s Roxanne Pendleton says it is important during this time to find ways to find calm to help maintain your mental health. What does finding calm look like? Roxanne suggests checking in with yourself and asking:
Roxanne also suggests creating a routine. While your routine will allow you to have regular structure in your day, she also reminds us to be flexible in case the day doesn’t go as planned.
One of the things Roxanne has built into her new schedule is taking time each morning to talk with a friend. “Stop thinking of this time as social distancing, and instead think of it as physical distancing. Thanks to technology, we can still connect socially,” says Roxanne. That social connection can take many forms, including:
Along with adding things to your day, like social connection and self-care practices, Roxanne recommends limiting things that stress you out, for example, the amount of news you read/listen to/watch each day.
Part of taking care of our mental health, Roxanne says, is taking care of our bodies. That includes trying to get good sleep, moving more than usual, and eating well. When it comes to eating well, Roxanne reminds us to:
Roxanne also has a YouTube channel where she is posting brain care tips. Find her channel, Live Well Today Café, here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiZRnfjYBtOH29hCbcN8G6g
If you find yourself in crisis, Roxanne has two suggestions for how to connect with someone right away.
Here are some more resources that are available: