Staying at home, working remotely, keeping the kids occupied, searching for toilet paper and cooking more than usual leaving you little stressed?

The extended social distancing and stay-at-home orders may have many people feeling at the end of their rope. Psychology experts remind people to focus on what they can control during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tips for things you can control:

  • Create a routine – Beginning your day like you would usually do is helpful. Get up, shower and get dressed. Make a list of things you want to get done.
  • Your immediate environment – Don’t do all of your activities in one place. Try to work and eat in different rooms so you’re not spending all of your time in one environment.
  • Maintain healthy habits – Plan healthy meals, get rest and exercise regularly.
  • Reach out — Take advantage of technology and connect with family, friends and coworkers.
  • Protect yourself – Regularly wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water or hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, avoid touching your face and keep six feet of distance between you and anyone else.
  • Limit your news intake – Stay informed about the situation via reliable sources, but limit your news and social media intake to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
  • Find entertainment – Catch up on TV series, reading or completing projects you’ve had on your to-do list to stay mentally active.
  • Be positive – Focus on good news stories and take things one day at a time.