Mental Health, Social Distancing, and Self-Quarantine
In an effort to flatten the curve, residents in Connecticut and elsewhere have been urged to practice social distancing and stay at home whenever possible. But humans are social beings, and many of us are experiencing the challenges that come with self-imposed isolation. Below are some tips on how to cope with coronavirus and life in quarantine.
Mental Health Resources
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Whether it's concern for your health or the health of loved ones, changes to routine, or the number of unknowns that have stemmed from the coronavirus outbreak, there are a number of things happening which can affect stress levels and mental health. Everyone copes with stress in their own way, but below are some best practices and useful resources to help cope with stress caused by coronavirus.
The Centers for Disease Control's advice on coping with stress.
The National Institute of Mental Health has many resources to help manage stress, fear, and anxiety regarding coronavirus.
The Community Child Guidance Clinic (CCGC) now offers virtual mental health and special education services to help children and families deal with anxiety, depression, anger and other behavioral, emotional or psychiatric needs through their telehealth program.
More tips to help fight coronavirus anxiety.
Staying Connected (While Social Distancing)
Whether it's video conferences for work, virtual hang outs with friends, or Face Timing with parents, grandparents, and relatives, there are many ways to stay connected, even when we physically can't see others.
This profile from NPR offers great insight on being alone, but not lonely.
Older people and those with pre-existent medical conditions are believed to be at higher risk of complications due to coronavirus. AARP has shared some best practices for how those most at risk can cope with isolation.
Here are 5 tips on how grandparents can stay connected with their grandchildren while social distancing.
The internet and telecommunications are playing a major role in helping people stay connected. And some providers are offering additional resources to their customers during the coronavirus emergency.
T-Mobile and Metro are providing free unlimited data to all customers for 60 days. Verizon is offering 15GB of hot spot data to existing customers now until April 30th.
It's important to stay up to date with the latest information from health and government officials, as recommendations and restrictions are always in flux. Read the latest rules and recommendations here.
Both physical and mental exercise can be very effective for stress relief and general well being. Gyms in Connecticut are closed due to coronavirus, but there are many options still available for exercise.
Outdoor exercises, including running, biking, hiking, or walking, are still considered safe activities, provided the location is not crowded, and you can maintain a distance of six feet or more between yourself and others. Some state parks have been closed, but others are still open to the public. Follow @CTStateParks on Twitter for daily updates on park closures.
Many Personal Trainers and fitness experts are also sharing at-home workouts for people to practice while staying inside. As with any new exercise routine, you should consult your doctor before beginning a new workout and should only exercise to your comfort level.
Exercising your curiosity and creativity is just as important as physical exercise. In addition to education resources for kids, there are many other services being offered for free online during this crisis.
Miss live theater? Several Broadway shows are available online for free.
The Met is streaming free encore presentations of its Live in HD series.
While many 2020 concerts and tours have been canceled or postponed, some artists, performers, and orchestras are offering free broadcasts, both live and recorded, through social media. Here's just a few details.
From Ivy League schools, to Rosetta Stone, to guitar lessons from Fender, here are nearly 30 free courses being offered online during the coronavirus crisis.
There are also several free art classes being offered to students of all ages.
Although you can’t go in and pick out a new book, many libraries have digital services such as Hoopla, which has e-books, audiobooks, graphic novels, music and movies for free to users with a library card. There are different services available, so check out what your library has to offer.
Zoos and aquariums may be closed, but live streams and web cams mean they can still offer virtual visits.
- Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo has webcams set up for their red pandas.
- Mystic Aquarium is running a penguin live stream
- The National Zoo has cameras set up for many of its animals
Many streaming services are extended free trials, making this a great time to try a new show (or even SiriusXM). HBO is offering 500 hours of programming for free (including shows like The Wire, The Sopranos, VEEP and Silicon Valley). And this guide explains the trial periods to many top streaming services.
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