As we all practice physical distancing to benefit physical health, we need to be aware of its effects on mental health. We prefer the term “physical distancing” rather than “social distancing,” because people can still maintain our social connections in many positive ways. The social aspects of our lives have been upended, so it’s important to practice self-care as individuals and as small groups during this time. We are holding staff meetings and sessions with clients by video conference, rather than just by phone. Getting to see other faces is just a small gesture, but it’s beneficial.
The CDC has resources for managing anxiety and stress. For a little more fun, check out this list from Quartz of 15 ways to practice self-care in the time of coronavirus. And for anyone with children, the National Association of School Psychologists shares a resource on talking to kids about COVID-19.