The COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) pandemic has created a number of problems in addition to the virus itself. Due to lockdowns, social distancing, and business closures, people are now dealing with financial issues, loneliness, and anxiety. Excessive stress and depression are rampant during this time.
Plus, if you have children, it doesn’t help that you’ve had to take on the role of the teacher in recent months – in addition to either working from home or worrying that you may lose your job.
Do not despair – you may feel alone, but millions of people are in the same type of situation. Dr. Mark Stracks is an experienced psychiatrist who serves people of all ages, and he has a few recommendations to help you during these trying times:
Get Some Exercise Every Day
Just because you’re home all day doesn’t mean you should just sit around. You need to get up and keep in motion as much as possible.
Get out and go for a walk to clear your mind. Work out to exercise videos – there are plenty available on the internet. If you have a treadmill or exercise device, use it every day for at least a few minutes.
Get Enough Rest
Sleep is essential for optimum brain function. Ultimately, you want to aim for at least seven hours of sleep each night.
Patients who suffer from depression and anxiety invariably report a lack of sleep as well. Talk to your psychiatrist about how you can start getting enough sleep to help tackle your psychological issues.
Get the Proper Nutrition
Vitamin deficiencies can cause and worsen mental health issues like depression and anxiety. The most common nutrient deficiencies that can lead to mental health problems include vitamin D, amino acids, omega-3 fatty acids, and B vitamins.
Ultimately, you want to enjoy a diet that’s rich in vitamins and minerals, such as fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains. Talk to your doctor about whether you should take a daily vitamin or other supplements.
If you let yourself fall into a rut when you stay at home day after day, you can quickly become depressed and anxious. Get out and take a drive somewhere. Take a bicycle ride around the neighborhood.
Contact Loved Ones Every Day
It’s hard to be away from loved ones, friends, and even co-workers for such a long time. Make time in your life for these people. Call them regularly. Try video chat so you can see their faces. Don’t hesitate to reach out to a loved one when you feel stressed or upset.
Trusted Psychiatrist in New York City and Southbury, CT
Dr. Stracks is an adult psychiatrist as well as a teen psychiatrist, and he recognizes the ever-growing need for mental health services during this pandemic. Dr. Stracks offers telehealth service, so you can remain in the comfort of your home while still getting the help you need.
If you feel like the situation is overwhelming, book an appointment with Dr. Stracks at Psy-Visions, serving New York City and Southbury, Connecticut. We’re here to help you, and you can contact us via our appointment request form online or by calling our office in New York City at (718) 887-2918, or in Southbury at (203) 405-1745. We look forward to hearing from you.