COVID-19 Information for Members
Self-Care & Staying Connected
Taking care of your emotional health is always important year-round. It’s especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic, when many people feel more anxious or lonely. These self-care tips will help you thrive instead of just survive this challenging time.
Physically distanced doesn’t mean socially isolated
- Social connection may look different, but there are still plenty of ways to stay in touch. Keep in touch with phone calls, video chat, texts, emails, greeting cards or letters!
- If you get together with people outside of your household, follow safety guidelines.
- If you feel anxious or depressed, please talk to someone and ask for support from family, friends, your primary care provider (PCP) or a mental health provider. And you can always call a warm line to speak with someone who will listen, provide support and offer resources.
Take good care of yourself – body and mind
- Food is comforting, and during this difficult time you may be eating more than usual. Studies show that stress eating has become more common during the pandemic. As a result, many people have gained weight. So stay active,
eat well and do healthy things you enjoy. This can help improve your physical
and emotional health. Self-care can also help you keep a healthy weight.
- Drinking too much alcohol can increase your risk of getting or spreading COVID-19
because you may be less careful about social distancing.
- Get outside if you can for some fresh air. During wildfire season, first check the air quality in your area to be sure it’s safe.
- Practice a simple breathing exercise to boost your mood anytime! Just breathe in for five counts, then out for five counts, and repeat as needed. Learn more easy breathing exercises.
- Many people are experiencing economic hardship during the pandemic. If you need financial assistance or cannot afford food, our COVID-19 Meal Delivery & Community Resources webpage can help you get support.
Give the gift of kindness
- Studies find
that being kind increases feelings of happiness, well-being and life satisfaction. Kindness is the gift that anyone can give – and that gives back in health and happiness!
- Studies show that being kind to yourself also has lots of benefits. These include learning how to bounce back when times are tough,
having better relationships and feeling less anger. Take a minute now to learn self-compassion in five easy steps!
- Check in on your neighbors and offer your help if they need it.
- Volunteer for a community organization. Some volunteer activities can be done from home – like writing postcards for HPSM members.
Other local organizations looking for volunteers include:
- If you can, donate to a favorite cause.
Take breaks from the news
Following the news helps you stay up to date. But too much news can stress you out. So take a vacation from the news once in a while. For a more balanced info-diet, try a “health-food” news option: the Good News Network, which only reports positive stories.