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How To Care For Your Mental Health During A Pandemic Dr. Amen

STAY CONNECTED TO YOUR LOVED ONES
Since most people are hunkering down at home, this is easier than ever.
KILL THE “ANTS” (AUTOMATIC NEGATIVE THOUGHTS)
Automatic negative thoughts can infest your mind during a pandemic, but you can learn to control them. Avoid making drastic assumptions and question your thoughts. You don’t need to believe everything you think!
STICK TO REPUTABLE SOURCES FOR INFORMATION
Credible sources for reliable information include the CDC, WHO, Mayo Clinic, and Johns Hopkins.
BE CAUTIOUS ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA AND 24-HOUR NEWS
Avoid going down the rabbit hole on your Facebook or Twitter feed and don’t stay glued to the TV. Limit your exposure and set specific times to check for updates.
TALK TO KIDS ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING AT THEIR LEVEL
Be calm and reassuring when talking to kids because they often pick up on what you do and how you act more than the words you say.
WHEN QUARANTINED OR SELF-ISOLATING, STAY ACTIVE
Use your time wisely with brain healthy activities. Read a book, learn something new, do crafts, do a video call with loved ones to stay connected, and watch a comedy (research shows that laughter can be a great immunity booster). 
GET OUTSIDE (IF YOU AREN’T SICK OR QUARANTINE)
Exercising in nature—but not in or around groups of people—can brighten your mood. 
TAKE DEEP BREATHS
Take a few minutes of every hour to practice deep breathing. Simply inhale deeply for a count of 6, hold for 3, then exhale slowly to the count of 3. Repeat the process 5 to 6 times.
FUEL YOUR MIND AND BODY WITH THE NUTRIENTS IT NEEDS
Adequate intake of vitamins, micronutrients and minerals will help keep your immune system strong.