How To Take Care Of Your Mental Health During The Coronavirus Pandemic

This year is causing a lot of anxiety, trauma and uncertainty. Here are some expert tips on coping.

We may have a long way to go before we feel “normal” again, but there are ways to cope until we get there.

Experts say this year ― from the COVID-19 pandemic to racial injustice ― has led to an unprecedented mental health crisis. And it’s one that many will likely be combatting for years to come. If you’re feeling distressed, lonely, hopeless, anxious or all of the above, you are certainly not alone.

Thankfully, there are some tools that can ease those negative emotions. While these self-care methods certainly aren’t going to completely erase your experiences, they may help in small ways.

Below are some stories on how to navigate this trying time, including mental health resources, advice on dealing with grief, guidance on living with uncertainty, therapists’ tips on anxiety and more.

People with anxiety share how this hell year — from the pandemic to the racial injustice — has affected their mental health.
It's hard to find a Black therapist who can address racial trauma, anxiety and more. This brief guide can help.
Experts share what you can do if your mental health is affected by the constant downplaying of COVID-19.
The self-care rituals you practice in the morning can improve your mental health for the rest of the day.
Dentists have noticed an uptick in clenching and grinding because of COVID-19 anxiety. Read this A+ advice on fixing it.
Fill your feed with advice on anxiety, self-care, gratitude, healing, stress and more.
Experts share the profound mental health benefits of a regular meditation practice and resources to get started.
Is your mental health, energy and motivation completely zapped? Read this.
Journaling can help you deal with stress and anxiety, while also documenting life during the coronavirus pandemic.
Mental health experts share how they process racism and brutality, along with the self-care methods helping them in this moment.
Stress can affect all areas of your life, including your job. Here's how to determine if you need a break and how to take a leave of absence.
The pandemic is increasing anxiety and depression among young adults. Here's what can be done about it.
Let these tips help you through the difficult days during the coronavirus pandemic that are inevitably on the horizon.
You don't have to contemplate suicide for your thoughts to be dangerous. Here are the signs your mental health is at risk and how to address it.
We're dealing with a lot of uncertainty right now, which causes anxiety. Here are some ways the pros cope.
There's a complex relationship between fatigue and your mental health. Here's how to tell when your lethargy is something more.
Want to revisit the mental health advice you got from your therapist? Here's what you should know about taping appointments.
The coronavirus pandemic has led to a lot of anxiety over what we can't control. These methods can help ease the stress.
COVID-19 is messing with everyone's mental health. Here are subtle signs it's affecting yours, plus advice on how to cope.
Radical acceptance can improve your mental health in difficult times, such as the coronavirus crisis. Here's how to practice it.
From vaccine advancement to cleaner air, these positives are worth focusing on amid this coronavirus pandemic.
These healthy habits and activities will help you cope with pandemic stress.
The coronavirus pandemic can take a toll on your mental health. Here are the signs you should talk to a therapist about it.
The COVID-19 crisis has heightened the stress on Latinxs and highlighted the widespread lack of mental health care.
Yes, it's possible to be too informed. Here's what happens when you watch or read a lot of news about COVID-19.
In teletherapy sessions, patients are venting about the stress, anxiety and other mental health concerns they're dealing with at this stage of the COVID-19 pandemic.
More anxiety, social media and alone time during the coronavirus pandemic can take a toll on your body image.
Symptoms like shortness of breath, chest tightness and headaches can occur with stress and COVID-19. Here's how to differentiate them.
If you're dealing with coronavirus stress, try one of these affordable methods for help or therapy.
Small ways to support your community — while also boosting your mental health — during the COVID-19 outbreak.
You're living through a global pandemic. Don't beat yourself up about extra screen time.
The COVID-19 pandemic means we can't really do something or go somewhere on a whim. This advice can help.
Exercise has tons of mental health benefits, but sometimes it's hard to do during this coronavirus pandemic. Enter these stretches.
Coronavirus anxiety can trigger major symptoms for people with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Here's what to do about it.
Talking about COVID-19 with friends and family a lot? This advice will help if that's hurting your mental health.
Experiencing insomnia during the pandemic? Stress dreams? This expert advice is for you.
The coronavirus news isn’t the only thing that makes anxiety-induced cleaning such a soothing ritual.
Stress and different access to food during social distancing can trigger harmful thoughts. Here's how to handle it.
Social distancing means no in-person sessions, so here's how to use online therapy for your mental health.
Experts share advice for mourning a loved one in the time of the coronavirus pandemic.
If the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting your mental health, read this.
Isolation is exacerbating symptoms for people with anxiety, depression and PTSD.
Experts share ways parents can help their kids cope with social distancing.
Plus, some other research-backed ways to keep calm and carry on.
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