7 ways to practice self-care during the COVID-19 outbreak

Updated at 11:01 a.m. on March 31, 2020

Written by David Siders, Civic Engagement Coordinator, Downtown Main Library

In trying and uncertain times, taking care of your mental and emotional well-being is just as important as taking care of your physical health. It's easy to feel overwhelmed, isolated, scared, and hopeless, especially when the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak is constantly evolving. 

First, take a deep breath and remember we're all in this together. Then, read on for some resources and ideas for practicing self-care and keeping your spirits lifted and share it with a friend or family member. 

De-stress and take care of yourself, family, and friends

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has a wonderful page filled with information and tips, opens a new window on coping and understanding the virus.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness has put together a COVID-19 Resource & Information Guide, opens a new window for individuals struggling with their mental health during this difficult time.

While geared towards Law Students, this practical guide from The National Jurist , opens a new windowoffers wonderful tips for everyone regarding self-care and wellness. 

Fight stigma and be resilient

The CDC also has information about how to avoid social stigmas, opens a new window that can cause hurtful feelings, anger, and fear. It's important that we show everyone in our community kindness and respect during this trying time. 

Resources for parents and caregivers to use when talking to kids

This Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County blog post, opens a new window, curated by our Children's and Materials Selection Librarians, provides wonderful resources for helping kids understand and cope with what's going on in the world right now. 

Plug into a helpful podcast 

"Don’t Panic", opens a new window from NPR is an enlightening podcast that promotes self-care. There are also numerous podcasts about mediation, relaxation, and wellness, opens a new window that are soothing and will help enhance your overall well-being.

Check out self-care & wellness videos on Kanopy

Our free movie, documentary, tv, and video platform Kanopy, opens a new window has many wonderful resources for guided meditation and information about mental health and wellness. 

Take on a DIY or crafting project

There's nothing better than using creativity as an outlet for your feelings of anxiety. Think of it as at-home art therapy. CreativeBug, opens a new window, an eBranch service of the Library, gives you access to thousands of award-winning video classes and tutorials taught by top designers and artists. It's all free with your Library card! 

Lean on local resources 

If you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed, visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) website, opens a new window, or call 1-800-950-NAMI (6264). For confidential treatment referrals, visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website, opens a new window, or call the National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP(4357). In an emergency, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK(8255) or call 911.

For the latest Library service updates and resources, please visit our COVID-19 resource page, opens a new window.