Staying in to help slow the spread of the coronavirus is making a difference. But it’s also making many people stressed, lonely, and bored, all of which can lead to unhealthy coping behaviors, including gambling. By forming a few healthy habits, you can improve your mental wellbeing.
Financial uncertainty, concern for loved ones, and isolation can cause anxiety and impact your mood.Acknowledge your emotions and take some simple actions to help you feel more balanced:
- Try deep breathing: It’s proven to help bodies relax and reduce stress. Start with 10 minutes of deep breathing three times a day.
- Limit your news intake: It’s important to be informed, but too much coronavirus-related content can cause more stress. Try setting time limits and avoid reading or watching the news before bed.
- Get help if you need it: Mental health and addiction support services are available 24/7. Find help now.
Engaging with others
Connecting with family and friends can bring comfort to you and them.
- Take Ohio’s Strive for Five Challenge: Choose five people and reach out to them every day for 30 days. Post your daily connections with the hashtag #OHStrive5.
- Check in on the young and old: The Cleveland Clinic recommends making a special effort to connect with elderly loved ones and share age-appropriate information with children.
- Consider pet adoption. Bringing a furry friend into your home can provide companionship and comfort, especially if you’re living alone. Find pets near you.
For information on responsible gambling practices, visit BeforeYouBet.org.