Thriving At Home

Coping during COVID-19 can be difficult. Scroll to learn how you can take care of your mental health and stay connected with loved ones during physical distancing.

 

Taking Care of Yourself

Maintaining a healthy body and mind may seem challenging right now, but we’ve got tips to help. Find out what works for you.

Eat healthy. There might be a recipe you’ve been wanting to try, or you can find a local restaurant with healthy options for takeout. Try to maintain scheduled mealtimes and avoid excess snacking.

Get moving. There are many free home workout videos available online. Even small amounts of exercise can boost your mood, health, and feelings about yourself.

Sleep soundly. Make sure that you are getting plenty of rest during this time of physical distancing. Avoiding caffeine later in the day, avoiding screen time before bed, and waking up at a scheduled time will help your sleep.

Expect uncertainty. It can be easy to grow anxious when you don’t have all the answers to what’s happening. Accepting that you may not be sure of what comes next during COVID-19 may lower your stress.

Make room for your feelings. While you can lower your anxieties, recognize that having these feelings is a part of being human. When you feel yourself getting anxious, reach out to others to describe what you’re going through. Avoid using drugs or alcohol to cope with emotions. Those substances can make issues worse, not better.

Stay resilient. People tend to underestimate their own strength and resilience during times of crisis. Remember other challenges you’ve overcome, and know that you can handle more than you think.

Seek professional help. The emotions brought on by COVID-19 may be overwhelming. It’s okay to ask for help. Get professional help from your doctor or use the resources listed at the bottom of this page.

 

Stay Connected

Missing your friends and loved ones? Let them know. Send a text to check in on someone. Call a friend who you haven’t talked to in a while or make daily calls to your family. Set up a video chat to get as much face-to-face time as you can. Taking advantage of technology can help us stay connected with others.

However, try to put a limit on your media exposure to COVID-19 updates. Too much information can be overwhelming on the news and social media.

 

Resources

Get resources if you or a loved one needs extra support while physical distancing is happening.
Access and Crisis Line (888) 724-7240

County of San Diego Behavioral Health Services COVID-19 Resources
2-1-1San Diego: Dial 2-1-1 or visit www.211SanDiego.org for access to community, health, social, and disaster services
Take the LiveWell@Home 30-Day Challenge
Get Support for Suicide Prevention
Playbook on Stress Relief During COVID-19
COVID-19 Community Resource Guide: How to Access Free Food, Health Care & Other Services in San Diego County
For Small Businesses That Have Been Financially Impacted
CDC: Mental Health & Coping During COVID-19
San Diego County Coronavirus Disease 2019 for local information and daily updates