It will be helpful for everyone to try and focus on what they have control over instead of focusing on situations that are outside of their personal control.
If your daily routine has been affected, try and create a new routine that can be followed and make attempts to stick with this routine. If you are physically able to do so, go outside and get some fresh air. Go for a walk, exercise in the home, and make attempts to stay active.
Most importantly, remember to breathe. Taking time to take some deep breaths can be very effective at helping one relax. It may be helpful to give yourself permission to limit your exposure to the coverage of this pandemic (whether that be on television or through social media).
Lastly, if you begin to notice that you are worrying more, are not able to stop or slow down the worry, or if you are having difficulty sleeping, experiencing changes in your appetite, I would recommend that you reach out to someone and let them know how you are feeling. If these symptoms persist, contact Prairie View at 800-992-6292 or your primary care physician and communicate with them how you have been feeling so that additional recommendations can be discussed.
Brent Ide, LSCSW