“It was crushing to try to manage it all by myself,” Cera Flynn shared in a recent Cleveland Clinic article. “When you’re in quarantine, you’re limited. My mom and other people couldn’t come in and help to take the kids or do laundry or let me just lay down and take a nap. I felt like I was adrift.”
COVID-19 changed everything for Cera. Her job as an instructional coach for charter school teachers went from being in-person to completely virtual and from home. Her twin sons started attending school online. Her husband contracted COVID-19, forcing the family to quarantine.
These were just a few of the factors that had an impact on Cera’s mental health and well-being. And we know she’s not alone in her concerns. COVID-19 has been stressful for a lot of us. We have missed trips, celebrations, graduations. We are at home working, learning and staying locked down with our families.
Physical distancing can be tough, so it’s important to take care of your mental health during this time. A robust self-care routine is a great way to care for yourself when life feels overwhelming — or any other time. You can implement self-care when you’ve had a hard day, before you go to bed, or simply because it’s Wednesday and you feel like it. What’s most important is having a routine that works for you and your mental health.
Self-care can be whatever you want or need it to be. The best part about a self-care plan is that it’s your plan, and nobody else’s. These tips from the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) curriculum can help you practice self-care and take care of your mental health during COVID-19.
It feels good to take care of yourself and do things you enjoy, but don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Getting support from a mental health professional or someone you trust is also self-care, and you deserve the support.
That’s what Cera did. With the help of her long-time therapist, she was able to make her mental health a priority and implement self-care and coping mechanisms that made every day a little bit easier.
Learn about more ways you can care for yourself while practicing physical distancing. You can #BeTheDifference for yourself every day, even during COVID-19.