How can social distancing from the COVID-19 outbreak trigger depression?
How can I help prevent feelings of loneliness during social distancing?
5 ways to stay connected during social distancing
- Call someone.
Whomever you call will likely appreciate hearing from you as much as you’ll enjoy talking with them.
- Schedule video chats.
Have dinner with someone new every night or schedule a virtual dinner party with the whole family!
- Send quick messages.
Text your friends and family throughout the day to catch up and offer support.
- Write letters to express gratitude.
Expressing your thankfulness can help you feel more positive and cope with adversity.6
- Join online groups.
Find message boards centered around some of your favorite likes or hobbies, such as sports, reading or gardening, can help you feel a part of a community.7
What are other ways to help cope during the COVID-19 outbreak?
5 ways to help prevent stress surrounding the outbreak of COVID-19
- Create and follow a daily routine
Regular daily activities can help both adults and children preserve a sense of purpose in a time of uncertainty. Try to schedule time for work, school, exercise and hobbies.
- Take breaks from the news, including social media.
Constant information about the pandemic can be overwhelming and upsetting.
- Make time to unwind.
Read books, do crafts or other hobbies you enjoy. Make a to-do list of dream projects you’ve never had time for.
- Maintain healthy habits.
Take deep breaths, exercise regularly, eat healthy meals and get plenty of sleep. Do not turn to alcohol, tobacco or drugs to cope with the stress of the situation.
- Reach out to professionals.
If you, or someone you care about, is feeling overwhelmed with emotions, contact a health care provider for a virtual therapy consultation or call SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
Published on March 30, 2020
By Emily Ornberg
Clinically reviewed by Amy Magill, MA, RDN and Jen Matz, MPH