We’re in the middle of an unprecedented pandemic that shows no signs of letting up, even as new measures and advances arrive to help turn the tide against this swell of uncertainty. Layoffs and furloughs are hitting us on a level that is nigh-unheard of and no one is sure how this will affect the economy in the long-term.
Put simply, there are a lot of reasons to be stressed out.
This blog is, first and foremost, a convenient stream of information for finance related-topics such as bankruptcy, mortgages, and debt consolidation. We are not mental health experts, nor do we claim to be.
However, it is our mission to make sure that our clients and readers alike are well-informed and well-prepared as this crisis drags on, and ignoring the issue of mental health would be a massive miss on our part.
Because in addition to hitting the economy with a train and sending our healthcare system into overdrive, this disease has sent waves of anxiety and uncertainty crashing into our lives. The Center for Disease Control has gone so far as to set up an entire page dedicated to the psychological side-effects of the COVID-19 epidemic. Whether you’re self-isolating or fighting on the front lines, everyone is feeling the heat right now.
And that’s okay. First, because you’re definitely not alone. Second, because there are ways of coping and keeping yourself together during this bizarre and trying time.
How to Cope with Stress During COVID-19
First off, limit your media usage. And yeah, this is tough talk from a guy who spent two weeks in quarantine refreshing news pages hoping that a cure would magically pop up. This is a kind of “reassurance loop”, where we constantly scrounge for some kind of comforting information to confirm that yes, this too, shall pass. But that’s not healthy.
Worse, it only reinforces your anxiety and traps you in a self-perpetuating cycle: you’re essentially “circling the drain” but never actually exiting the stressful situation itself. Before you know it, you’re reading obscure web posts at 3:00 am and nodding along as you realize that yes, you can totally blame this whole thing on cell phone towers.
It’s an addictive behavior, and like all addictive behaviors, it only exacerbates the condition its compensating for rather than curing it outright.
So limit how much time you spend on the web. Put the phone down. Close twitter. Turn off the news and watch Frozen with your kids. Take time for yourself and make sure you’re getting plenty of sleep. And as easy as it would be to pig out on microwave pizzas or eat four bowls of cereal a day, remember that eating healthy is a key component of maintaining your mental well-being and should be taken as seriously as washing your hands and practicing social distancing.
And even as we practice self-isolation and keeping our distance from others, exercise remains a vital part of a healthy body and mind. Even a ten minute walk can clear your head and convince those racing thoughts to take it down a notch. Staying active is one way to keep your body strong and your mind functional.
This is just one aspect of your overall health. However, the importance of maintaining a healthy state of mind during the COVID-19 crisis cannot be overstated. So take time for yourself, take a deep breath, and remind yourself that this, too, shall pass. And if you’re struggling with financial issues either from the pandemic or from other sources, please check in on our blog regularly for important updates and information.
Nathan Rester is an Associate Attorney at the Bond & Botes Law Offices location in Jackson, Mississippi. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Mississippi State University, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi School of Law. He prides himself in his work assisting his bankruptcy clients to achieve financial stability for themselves. Read his full bio here.