The pandemic during this past year has dealt everyone a few setbacks, leaving us overwhelmed and a bit scattered.
Let's face it: we're all a little stressed. The pandemic during this past year has dealt everyone a few setbacks, leaving us overwhelmed and a bit scattered. Dr. Jen Ashton, the chief medical correspondent for ABC, shared four steps you can take to restore a healthy emotional balance.
1. Recognize & Normalize
Everyone is feeling some type of stress due to the pandemic — it just depends on how much, how severe, how long? The first step is recognizing that we've all lost something, and it is normal to feel mental stress. And then normalize the fact that it is normal to respond to fear and uncertainty and loss with some kind of emotional response. It's OK not to be OK.
2. Ask for Help
Think of this like diabetes: If you had a medical condition, you would manage it. Mental issues are no different. Whether it's by app, telemedicine, support group or one-on-one appointment, get professional help.
3: Double-Down on the Wellness Trifecta
Get good sleep, clean food/nutrition, and get fresh air/exercise. These things are not just good for the body, they are good for the mind, brain and spirit.
4. Have a Good ASHTitude
Take the attitude of gratitude. While everyone has lost something or someone, most of us have something or someone to be thankful for as well. No matter how bad things feel, recognizing what is going well in our lives is KEY for mental wellness.
For more of Ashton's tips on surviving the pandemic, check out her book "The New Normal: A Roadmap to Resilience in the Pandemic Era."
If you or someone you know needs help, here are a few groups you can talk to: