A: Focus on the basics, discuss mental wellness openly, and offer support where needed.
1-Focus on supporting the basics. We can all support our mental health by focusing on the basic pillars of wellness.
💤 Encourage 7-8 hours of sleep a day
🥕 Promote 3 meals a day with a few healthy snacks
🚰 Remind to drink 2 liters of water a day
🚴Partner for physical activity every day
📅 Schedule activities and support sticking to them
🚫Advise to avoid alcohol and substances
📱 Suggest limiting phone use and news consumption
2-Discuss mental wellness openly. When supporting others, it is important to ask questions and invite conversation. Normalizing not being OK helps us all by opening up conversations around mental wellness.
❓ Ask questions
💛 Establish trust
👂 Listen without judgement
3-Offer support where needed. This can be difficult. Maybe you are able to help with basic tasks like meal delivery or helping clean the home? If you are not able to support, you can direct the individual towards resources specific to COVID-19 or general mental health support.
If the individual needs assistance navigating the process of seeking mental health support, please see our previous post.
And if the individual needs immediate assistance, you can call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with a counselor.
Stay Safe. Stay Sane.
And Stay Supportive/Supported.
The Nerdy Girls