Combatting COVID-19 Stress: Advice from BIDMC Mental Health Experts
MARCH 26, 2020
Strange new daily routines and sleepless nights. For many of us, that's the new normal during the COVID-19 pandemic — the public health crisis has introduced all kinds of new worries into our lives.
Three mental health professionals from BIDMC have joined other experts to offer advice for keeping stress in check and maintaining your emotional wellbeing.
BIDMC Digital Psychiatry Director, John Torous, MD, and BIDMC Psychologist Pamela Peck, PsyD, talked to PureWow, an online lifestyle magazine, about maintaining healthy habits — and trying out a few new ones.
"Broaden your exercise regimen. Even if the gym is closed, there is still [a lot] you can do," Torous and Peck told PureWow. From cooking to crafting, now is a great time to get outside your comfort zone, they suggested.
Aditi Nerurkar, MD, MPH, Medical Director of the Cheng-Tsui Integrated Health Center at BIDMC's Arnold-Warfield Pain Center, recommended meditation, yoga, and tai chi in a recent Boston Globe article, and suggested giving yourself a break the daily news.
"We have to ask ourselves, 'Do I really have to read another article on this?'" she told the Globe.
Read their complete mental health advice in these articles:
- Can't sleep? Mind racing? Experts say these 7 steps can help you get some rest during this unsettling time (Boston Globe)
- 8 Ways to Mitigate Anxiety, Because the World Feels Uncertain Right Now (PureWow)