There's no guidebook for taking care of your mental health during a pandemic. Being stuck at home with limited access to other human beings can be stressful for most people, especially if this is going to be a long-term reality. Fortunately, there are things you can do to take care of your mental health, such as taking on a hobby like art (see my attempt at oil painting above), taking in nature and keeping up with exercise, eating healthy, and staying mentally engaged.
For myself, I learned that I'm an introvert and can work well at home. It may take a little more effort for those who are extroverts and need to be around people during the “stay at home” mandate. I like seeing and making art, reading, and staying mentally engaged without overthinking the financial markets; understanding that these things are out of our control in the end.
If you find yourself stressed, unable to sleep, overeating, or exhibiting other side effects from the new reality, then consider talking with someone. Long time therapist and counselor, Gwenievere Maria of the Center for Spiritual Healing in Marin County, says, in times like these it’s important to “be kind to yourself and know you are not alone. The best medicine is laughter, an equal amount of rest and movement and an authentic connection to what is important to you is essential. Meditate or simply be quiet for at least 20 minutes each day. Take 15 deep breaths daily which will help keep your lungs open and healthy. Yoga and walking are perfect for this. Reach out to a therapist, mental health professional or spiritual counselor if you’re feeling fear, loneliness, or pain.”
If you’re feeling stress, identify where it’s coming from so that you can address it head-on. If you’re worried about your portfolio or financial future, please book a meeting with me by calling (760) 537-0791 or online at eurekawealthmanagement.com.
Gwenievere Maria is available for counseling sessions and can be reached at (415) 435-3395 or spiritualhealinginc.org / firstname.lastname@example.org.