In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, citizens all over the country have started practicing social-distancing where they stay home and avoid contact with others. As the spread of the virus progresses, many states have made the decision to shut down all non-essential businesses and have ordered residents to stay home unless it’s an emergency. As you can imagine, social-distancing and avoiding contact with others can have adverse effects on mental health, and in today’s post, we will provide you with a few tips that you can use to make it easier to practice social-distancing.

At Long Island Counseling, we understand that limiting your interactions with others can cause some problems for your mental health, which is why we are here to help you deal with some of the repercussions once the situation has passed by offering individual counseling. If you or someone you know is dealing with mental health concerns like depression, anxiety, or even PTSD, our certified counselors are here to help. Continue reading below for a few tips and contact Long Island Counseling using our online form to request more information about our individual counseling services.

See the Bigger Picture

If you’re struggling with the effects of social-distancing, especially if you live alone, then it may help to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. It’s important to remember why exactly we are practicing social-distancing. The reason for these extreme actions is because the virus spreads through human contact, and some people are carriers, despite a lack of symptoms. Not playing it safe could mean harm to others in your community, especially those with already weak immune systems and the elderly.

Remember that you are practicing social-distancing to help yourself and others in your community. By keeping this in mind, it may make it easier to endure the boredom and quiet of isolation.

Keep Your Mind Active

In a situation such as this, it’s easy to let yourself take a break, shut your mind off, and use the time to catch up on TV shows or scroll through social media. However, these activities are not the most active way to use your brain, and while they might help pass the time for the first few days, eventually, you may start to feel bored and lonely.

Instead, give yourself plenty of ways to keep your mind active. Consider challenging yourself to a 1,000-piece puzzle, or finally start on that stack of books you’ve been wanting to read. If none of those activities appeal to you, consider taking some time each day to journal or write down your thoughts. While it may not be the most time-consuming activity, it will help you keep your mind alert and active.

Limit Time on Social Media

With all the uncertainty in the air, it’s easy for rumors and fear to spread, especially on social media. While some people are dedicated to posting only facts from reliable sources or even trying their best to share things that will make people smile, those who are more determined to share their fears are often the ones who are outspoken.

With that being said, if you have a lot of feelings regarding the current situation, it may be a good idea to take some time away from social media, or at the very least, limit the amount of time you spend scrolling through platforms each day.

Set a Schedule

Keeping your routine as normal as possible, despite not being able to go outside, is a good way to help you feel more like yourself. If you start to slack off by sleeping later in the day, staying in pajamas for most of the day, or even forgetting to eat meals, it can start to make you feel lost and depressed. Instead, try to stick to your normal daily routine as much as possible. If you are working from home, consider keeping your alarm at the same time and getting up and working out before work. At the very least, make it a point to get up and get dressed each day and try to eat three meals a day.

Get Expert Support From Long Island Counseling

Social-distancing can take a toll on mental health, especially if you’re not taking the necessary precautions to prevent it. At Long Island Counseling, we offer individual counseling sessions that can give you the tools and support you need to overcome any adverse effects from social-distancing. Learn more about the services we provide and contact Long Island Counseling using our online form to request a consultation.