The emergence of this year’s coronavirus (COVID-19) has handed communities more than just the fear of physical illness. There has been a sharp incline of mental and emotional health issues that have affected individuals of all ages. During this pandemic, reflect on your feelings and find healthy ways to improve your mental health.
WHAT YOU MAY BE FEELING
During this widespread pandemic, it is easy to feel stronger, longer-lasting waves of stress, depression, and anxiety. If you are experiencing any of these feelings, don’t be hard on yourself. There have been many unpleasant effects from COVID-19, ranging from physical illness to a loss of job security. Feeling overwhelmed, sad, and emotionally-isolated is natural.
For those with underlying physical and emotional conditions, you may be feeling your symptoms worsening. This can also affect your sleep and eating habits and encourage the use of unhealthy coping mechanisms including smoking, drinking, and drug use. Other daily hardships may compound your stress as well.
In the midst of the panic and the unknown, it can be easy to feel consumed by doubts and worries, but remember that there are healthy steps you can take to keep your emotions level.
HEALTHY COPING MECHANISMS
Uncertainty and the fear of illness can feel crippling, but we encourage you to take power over your worries. If you are venturing out of your home, stay safe and stay smart – wear a mask, carry hand sanitizer, avoid large groups of people, and self-quarantine as much as possible. If you experience any of the typical symptoms of COVID-19, such as shortness of breath, fever, or loss of taste, contact your personal physician immediately.
Spending time at home can keep you away from the risks of contamination, but sitting alone with your thoughts can also weigh on your mind. Practice these routines at home to balance your mental health:
- Listen to calming music.
- Read a new book, or reread a favorite.
- Meditate and practice breathing regulation.
- Step outside and exercise, or follow a routine in your living room.
- Cook a healthy meal and bake yourself a sweet treat.
- Call a loved one.
These are just a few simple activities that can help to calm your mind, no matter what is going on around you.
The Center for Disease Control offers great suggestions for dealing with pandemic emotions, health guidelines for addressing symptoms of COVID-19, and provides you with a library of phone numbers that can be contacted in times of emotional crisis. Remember to take care of yourself and your loved ones during this pandemic, both physically and emotionally, and look for something good in every day.
DON'T LET FOOT PAIN ADD TO THE EQUATION
Foot pain can affect more than just your feet. It can easily weigh on your thoughts and emotions, especially if your pain is keeping you from your friends, family, and the activities you love. While there are options for relief including surgery and pain medication, consider a natural alternative.
The Healing Sole is designed by an orthopedic surgeon to provide you with relief that is built right into the design. The technology of our footwear moves with you, making every step you take act as a step towards relief. Stretch the muscles of your feet and legs and offload stress as you walk or stand.
Don’t let foot pain burden your day. Boost your mood and your foot health today with The Healing Sole.