COVID-19 (often referred to as Coronavirus) has most people understandably concerned for a variety of reasons, including the highly contagious nature of the virus, the fact that people can carry it for days without showing symptoms, and the vulnerabilities of certain populations who could be more adversely impacted if they contract the virus—such as older adults and individuals who experience chronic health issues, including substance use disorder (SUD).
If you or someone you love has experienced SUD, there have likely been interruptions to the availability of treatment services, support meetings, and routines. The good news is that there are steps you can take during these challenging times to support recovery and build resiliency.
Nature and sunlight are good for our health and well-being, and even a 5-10 minute walk can be restorative. Just be sure to stay at least 6 feet away from other people, limit physical contact with surfaces that other people touch, and wash or sanitize hands often.
6. Create a new daily schedule to help you keep your physical and mental health strong.
Routines are grounding and can provide us some predictability us as we face challenging times.
7. Make sure to get regular sleep, physical exercise, and nutrition.
These are critical to taking care of our mental health and our immune systems.
8. If you require assistance with food or housing,