Talk to Friends and Family
"Something really important to consider while we're practicing social distancing is the impact that isolation can have on our mental health," said
therapist Kellie "Casey" Cook, MS, LPC. Be proactive about this by making a point to stay in touch with people. "That might mean having a FaceTime date with a friend or calling a family member. Start a group text with some friends while you're watching a show together. If you've been working from home, reach out to your coworkers to ask how they're doing."
Try to shift your perspective about isolation as well. "Instead of feeling like you are going through this alone, you can shift your perspective and think of it as something that the entire country is experiencing together," said psychotherapist Mia Rosenberg, LCSW, owner of Upsider Therapy in New York City. "Shifting perspective and focusing on how to reframe thoughts in a more solutions-focussed and positive way can help people remain optimistic and hopeful during this challenging time."