The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging our mental health in ways we could have never predicted, and some people may feel they’re beginning to run on empty as far as ways to cope with all the change and loss.
“Coping as a primary strategy no longer works. It’s time to try something new,” says Holly Anton, an integrative therapist with Sutter’s Institute for Health & Healing. “Adaption is now the long-term objective.”
Rather than grieving for the way of life you may have lost with the pandemic, Anton recommends finding ways to create a meaningful life in the here and now.
Where do you want to put your energy? What deserves your focus? How can you make the most out of today? You can choose how you relate to the circumstances.
Importance of Maintaining a Routine
Structuring your day with activities and goals makes it predictable and gives individuals a sense of being in control of their environment,” says Anton.
On a basic foundational level, Anton recommends people eat healthy foods and get exercise. “You want your body tired at the end of the day so it’s ready for sleep. Put devices away at least two hours before bed and give your mind a chance to wind down with your body.”
Read more of Anton’s advice on ways to mentally adapt in this San Francisco Chronicle article.