The stress of dealing with the effects the coronavirus may have on your life can be overwhelming. You may have to stay at home, or you may to have to go to work as an essential employee. Protecting yourself throughout the pandemic is critical. When you are in addiction treatment, taking care of yourself is especially important so that you can stay safe and healthy. Learning how to help yourself and loved ones during COVID-19 can help you cope and overcome your stress and anxiety.
Groceries and Errands
The basics of life do go on, even during the coronavirus outbreak. You’ll need to shop for food and other essential items. You may need to go to the bank or get gas. There are many ways to help yourself and loved ones during COVID-19 as you venture out to take care of these errands. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you minimalize contact with others while you are out in public, for your own protection as well as for the safety of your loved ones.
CDC advises that you:
- Stay home if you are sick
- Bank online
- Order groceries online or use curbside pickup when possible
- Protect yourself while shopping in a store by maintaining a distance of six feet from others and covering your face and mouth with a cloth face cover
- Use hand sanitizer immediately after leaving the store and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water when you get home.
Keep current on the latest updates about COVID-19, but make sure you are getting facts. Many rumors and wild theories have been circulating on social media. To help yourself and loved ones during COVID-19, you need solid information that benefit you in living your daily life as well as in continuing your addiction treatment. Be careful not to overload on the news or on social media posts. Your mental health needs a break from all the coronavirus stories that can become overwhelming and add to your stress and anxiety.
One of the best ways to help yourself and loved ones during COVID-19 is to stay in touch. Reach out to friends and loved ones for your own support as well as to check on their health and well-being. You can take advantage of technology and use platforms such as Zoom and Skype that let you see each other while you are having a conversation. You can also use the phone for a simple call or send texts and emails to keep in touch.
In particular, you should check on friends and family members who are at higher risk for serious illness. These can include older adults and people with underlying health conditions who are also at increased risk of stress due to COVID-19. Recognize for yourself and your loved ones that older adults and people with disabilities are at increased risk for having mental health concerns, such as depression. In addition, mental health problems can present as physical complaints (such as headaches or stomachaches) or cognitive problems (such as having trouble concentrating).
To help maintain your own mental health during COVID-19, you might need the support of others who are also going through addiction treatment and who are stressed by the effects of the virus on their lives. Here again you can take advantage of technology to find support groups, many of which have formed online meetings for people just like you who need extra support right now.
You can find a list of virtual support groups on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website. SAMHSA includes links for online Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, and other group meetings as well as a list of hotline numbers you can call if you need additional help.
Contact Calming Goat for Help During COVID-19
At Calming Goat, we are dedicated to helping you with proven treatment for substance use disorder. We are an essential healthcare business and will remain open, following CDC guidelines for COVID-19, to continue helping you find true recovery from your addiction. We work on healing the whole person, in a calm, no-nonsense approach to substance use disorders, as we focus on your mind, body, and spirit. Call (424) 376-3444 or contact us online to schedule your appointment today.