In this time of unprecedented uncertainty and insecurity, our moods will range from simmering unease to straight up panic. Even if we haven’t personally experienced the coronavirus yet, or know someone who has, we recognize the world around us is shifting. We’re heading into a future full of unknowns.
Although we’re all being told to keep our distance from others, for those of us living abroad, the crisis is especially isolating. Additionally, we face more potential obstacles, which may heighten our feelings of fear, anxiety, or distress of any kind. For many reasons, we may find ourselves struggling more than someone in their home country might.
So what can we do to help us get through this pandemic of illness, isolation, and anxiety? There are the obvious physical mandates, such as maintaining a healthy lifestyle, protecting our personal space, and staying home as much as possible. However, the coronavirus crisis emphasizes the need for good mental hygiene as well, as it ticks all the trigger boxes for anxiety: it’s ambiguous, novel, and unpredictable.
Here are five ways to practice good mental hygiene:
If you’d like guidance on implementing any of these ideas in your life, or simply want to discuss your options during this crisis, feel free to contact me for a free initial session. Stay safe and take care!