Connection and community is important to mental health. While you’re self-isolating, technology may help fill the social gap and improve your mood:
- Learning something new can have a positive impact on how you feel. Ivy League schools have made nearly 500 online courses free to keep adults occupied while at home.
- Exercise is an excellent way to reduce stress. Many gyms and clubs are now offering live streaming or online classes. Not a member? Create your own routine and invite friends and family to join online.
- Meditation and mindfulness apps are an impressive intersection of technology and self-care. The Calm app has compiled free resources online—no download needed! Resources include meditations for stress, sleep, and even meditations for kids.
- Check-in with your loved ones often. Virtual communication can help you and those you care about feel less lonely and isolated.
A Few Simple Reminders…
- While it’s easy to feel discouraged right now, everyone needs a break. Establish specific communication channels or times for non-COVID-19 conversations.
- Consider using the screen time limit feature on your phone or computer. Technology can ultimately be a force for good right now but unplugging completely may also be beneficial for you.