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How to Protect Your Mental Health During a Pandemic

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The current situation we find ourselves in has turned all of our lives upside down. And the climate of stress, isolation, and anxiety can be particularly damaging to your health and wellbeing. Today we’re sharing some tips from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help you navigate this stressful time.

Be cautious without overdoing it. Only refer to reliable sources of information to stay informed. As challenging as it can be, it’s important not to surrender to compulsive behaviors.  Don’t let anxiety dictate your behavior.

Stick to your routine. Developing a new work-from-home routine will allow you to get into the right mindset, keep the boundaries between work and home from becoming blurred, and feel more productive. Take a shower and get dressed in the morning and maintain your normal work schedule. Also, stick to consistent meal times and resist snacking throughout the day.

Get moving. If you suffer from depression, you might find it more difficult to get out of bed when rising. Finish chores or start a work project. Exercise is also a great mood-booster and stress reliever.

Don’t sleep too much. Anxiety and changes to your schedule can affect your sleep. If you find yourself wide awake in bed for more than 15 minutes, change your mental channel by reading a book, listening to music, watching TV, or doing guided meditation online.

Stay mindful. Focus your attention on the here and now, instead of an uncertain future. If you mix negative emotions with negative thoughts, mindfulness training can help moderate your reactions. Learn to meditate.

Stay connected. Interaction is now more important than ever. Video calls are one of the easiest ways to stay in touch with friends and family. There are many programs and apps that help you get face-to-face with others without leaving your home. Some of these include Skype, Discord, FaceTime, Zoom and more.

During these challenging times, don’t compound the problems by disregarding your mental health. If you follow these suggestions, you can face this crisis and emerge even stronger.

We want you to know that we are in this with you and together we will emerge stronger than before. We are here for you. If you need anything, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 203-746-5901 or send us an email at


Stay healthy, stay safe, and stay in good spirits!