*If you need immediate help coping with coronavirus anxiety, please text “HOME” to 741-741 to speak to a trained crisis counselor.
For the first time in my life, I can say that most people I know understand what I am going through. We are all experiencing this pandemic together — and all the anxiety and depression that comes along with it.
Many of us are practicing social distancing, which can be lonely AF. Meanwhile, we’re facing an uncertain future, with events cancelled, the virus spreading and those with preexisting health conditions at higher risk.
If you need help coping with this crisis, know that you are all alone. We could all benefit from stepping up our self-care game during these scary times — which is why I created this toolkit of self-care resources to help you cope with your anxiety about the coronavirus.
Now more than ever, it’s important to take care of those simple everyday self-care tasks, such as taking our medication, checking in with our emotions, drinking water and exercising. ban.do is giving away printable refills of its Wellness Planner for free during this crisis, so you can take advantage of this time to stay on top of your self-care.
Self-care app Shine knows that we’ve all been experiencing some virus anxiety — which is why they created the website virusanxiety.com to help you care for your coronavirus anxiety. There, you’ll find free meditations, Q&As with psychologists and a collection of random internet things designed to calm you down and cheer you up.
The meditation app Headspace has released a free collection called Weathering the Storm, where you can find meditations curated to help you survive this time of crisis. If you are a healthcare professional, you can also access a free Headspace Plus subscription as a thank you for all you are doing to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.
Whether or not you have a preexisting mental health condition, you may find yourself needing someone to talk to during this confusing and chaotic time. Talkspace is a telehealth app that offers virtual text and video sessions with licensed therapists — and they’re offering $100 off all plans with the code 1004U in honor of the coronavirus pandemic.
Need a creative distraction from the news? Brit + Co is offering all of its classes for free for a limited time only with the code SELFCARE. You can learn to curate a gorgeous Instagram feed, master modern calligraphy or paint a gorgeous set of succulents with these awesome classes from DIY queens!