It is important to remember that physical distancing does not equate to social isolation. Stay connected to your loved ones through the use of technology as much as possible during these times. Schedule reoccurring opportunities to engage with those you love.
Physical activity during this time can be extremely beneficial for your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Try at-home workouts or walks in the neighborhood.
If you’re having symptoms of COVID-19, don’t pretend otherwise. Be sure to consult your healthcare provider, take necessary precautions to avoid exposing others, and follow treatment guidelines. If you’re experiencing emotional or mental distress in response to the pandemic, acknowledge those feelings and seek counsel and support.
Stay Prayed Up!
Research has shown the efficacy of prayer on the brain’s ability to process traumatic or distressing events.1 Take some time every day to pray and meditate on God’s promises. Psalm 91, verse 1 reminds us that whoever dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Let’s keep our trust in Him as we face this pandemic together.
Seanna-Kaye Denham Wilks, Ph.D. and Tasha Brown, Ph.D.
1 Pearce, M., Haynes, K., Rivera, N., and Koenig, H.G. (2018). Spiritually Integrated Cognitive Processing Therapy: A New Treatment for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder That Targets Moral Injury. Global Advances in Health and Medicine. Published online 2018 Feb 20