Tips to help cope with COVID-19 pandemic

During this stressful and uncertain time in all our lives, it’s hard to contain and control the emotions stirring up inside us. Every time you turn the T.V. on and see another update on the news of the current pandemic, it gets depressing and makes you even more scared about what’s next. Though this time is strange and new to all of us, we can take steps to make sure we stay healthy, upbeat, and sane!

Follow the guidelines

Before all of this we could go outside and do whatever activities we wanted. Then, in a blink of an eye it did a complete 180. I know it’s hard being cooped up inside. I think everyone across the world is experiencing a new level of boredom. No matter how tempting it may be to do your favorite activities, always follow the guidelines of the CDC and your current state. Remember we aren’t stuck at home; we are all safe and sound.

Remember to always wash your hands, cover your cough, and only leave your house when you need essentials. I know these items have been tough to find lately, but always carry hand sanitizer or have disinfectant wipes on hand. Keep the ones you love safe and sound and practice social distancing!

Stay active

Gyms and parks have shut down, but that doesn’t have to stop you from staying active at home! There are many resources out there you can utilize to keep healthy and active. Download an exercise app, do a stair workout, try some new yoga techniques, or do an exercise video. During this stressful and uncertain time, exercising can keep your mind right, healthy, and stress free. If you’re cooped up with family members during this time, get them to join in on your alternate way of exercising.

Contact your friends and family

Practicing social distancing means we have to distance ourselves from each other, but that doesn’t mean we have to eliminate all forms of communication. Make sure to stay present in your family and friends’ lives. You can call, FaceTime, or Skype them to keep up to date with what’s going on in their lives and how they are handling this stressful time. If you have a bigger group you want to contact, use Zoom. It’s an excellent way for all of you to catch up and chat!

Start a new hobby

Since we all have an abundant amount of time on our hands now, this is a great opportunity to start a new hobby. During this time, I’ve been practicing my cooking and baking skills. I’ve been finding recipes on Pinterest and taking full advantage of this time to practice. Some hobbies you can take up are reading, exercising, sewing, cooking, and much more. It’s never too late to start something you’ve always wanted to do. Take advantage of this free time and make the most of it.

Lastly, remember to take care of your mental and physical health and consider the health of your loved ones. We will get through this together.

Most importantly, for those of you on the front lines during this pandemic – THANK YOU! You are much appreciated and are our heroes!

Brynn Charling is an Intern for the Student Outreach division at Aureus Medical Group.


  1. I think that the main problem in this situation is our total illiteracy! We have to understand its high level of seriousness.

  2. I agree, that during the quarantine, people have a perfect opportunity to start a new hobby. Anyway, now everyone has much time to do what he wants.

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