We’re living in a very stressful time due to the sweeping, global effects of the COVID–19 pandemic. Although much of the focus has been on physical health, mental health is equally important during these times. Broad feelings of uncertainty, job loss, fear, and drastic changes to our normal schedules and activities take a toll on our mental well-being. Some might be experiencing increased anxiety, sadness, or loneliness, difficulties with concentration or focus, and fatigue and sleep disturbances. These psychological experiences are expected when under stress and may, in turn, impact our physical health.
Below are four of the skills that I have relied on to maintain and support my mental health during COVID–19, though their utility extends to any time I’m experiencing stress in my life. I take these skills from cognitive behavioral approaches.