These are trying times. It's understandable if you feel confused, frightened, or isolated during this pandemic. First, understand, the “stay at home” order is necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Your health and safety are important. STAY HOME, if you can. Wash your hands and limit visitors. You are valuable.
What is social isolation?
First, we really are talking about “physical isolation”. We all need to limit our physical interactions with others. If you need to go to the store, adhere to the 6ft rule, wear a mask, and once again, wash your hands.
Isolation can take its toll on your mental health especially for our older adults. It's up to us to remain “social” while physically isolated.
Here are some tips to keep your mind active:
Remember the TELEPHONE? We can still make phone calls. Call your friends and family. Also, reach out if you feel depressed, anxious, or worried about the pandemic or being alone.
Take a break from the news. Sometimes the news can be just all bad news. Turn off the television for a few hours each day. Read, call your family, play games. Keep your mind moving.
Move your body. You can keep your body in shape during this time. YouTube is a great resource for fitness videos. While watching tv, walk in place. You can still take a walk outside. Just practice social distancing.
Young people, call your grandparents and senior neighbors. Now is the best time to be a resource and support. Make grocery store runs. Make a meal. Let’s help.
Remember the value of pets. Your animals are your family. Take care of them, love on them.
Rhonda L. Bayless, Neighborhood Health Builder, Centers of Wellness for Urban Women