Tips for Dealing with Shutdown.

July 7, 2021

BY April Lincoln MSW, LCSW Therapist at Arrow Behavioral Health Services, LLC. March 15, 2020

 Fears and anxiety regarding COVID-19 are very real, and many people are experiencing these emotionally states at this time due to the recent request for social distancing. Take a deep breath and remind yourself that this feeling and all other feelings are temporary. It is okay to experience fear and anxiety, among other emotions.

Fear is a common emotional state that all people experience at different points, in their day or week of varying degrees, allow yourself to experience your feelings and remind yourself that emotions are a temporary state and will eventually pass seamlessly if we do not react to them in an irrational manner. This is a great time to take advantage of family time and to utilize mindful meditation.  

Here are a few tips for dealing with the COVID shutdown:

 1. Put away your electronics and stay away from all forms of media. Watching and reading about COVID-19 will only increase your anxiety. Excessive worry is not going to solve anything, it’s just going to make you feel worse. So power down those electronics and breathe!

2. Make your time at home with your loved ones quality time by reconnecting: Play card and board games, cook together, and just have fun!

3. Have fun and challenge everyone in your home to learn something new about you, only in a perfect world do we truly know 100% of everything about our family members.

4. Spring clean! Do chores around your home that you have been putting off due to being “too busy” this will enable you to have more time for fun once the world is up and running again.

5. Plan a vacation! Research shows that planning a vacation reduces a person’s stress levels. Who doesn’t just love researching and planning a dream vacation.