Feelings of isolation and loneliness are being felt by many during this pandemic. However, by observing social distance, wearing face covers when needed and following other current guidelines in effect for Connecticut’s residents, we can all work together as a community to continue flattening the curve.
With access to amenities like transportation, health appointments and community events already requiring more effort for older adults and people with disabilities, the added restrictions caused by COVID-19 have added understandable downfalls in spirit, outlook and overall mental health.
As we all settle into our new daily routines, there are some things we can take into our own control to help lessen potential sources of anxiety and upset by tapping into feelings of connectedness and safety.
- Stay informed but limit news intake. When researching, or reading through daily headlines, prioritize trusted sources of information, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). While these are important sources of health information that are updated fairly often, other news sources may be overwhelming and upsetting during this period. Therefore, be mindful of the importance of taking breaks from the news cycle in order to give yourself a much-needed respite.
Cross-reference the organizations that reach out. During this pandemic, some false "organizations" have targeted older adults, claiming cures and testing sites for COVID-19. If you doubt the source, contact 2-1-1 to ensure its credibility and safety. By double-checking information with trusted organizations, friends and family, you are able to feel confident in deciding what or what not to trust.
Stay connected. When feeling cooped up and separated from those we love becomes overwhelming, reach out and connect with friends and family through phone and video calls, or other online communities like virtual book clubs. Simple points of connection throughout the day help our overall mental and physical health.
For updated information and available resources, visit: https://www.myplacect.org/coronavirus/
MyPlaceCT.org is sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Social Services in collaboration with partner state agencies.