As the world works together to fight the spread of COVID-19, many people are doing their part to practice social distancing and self quarantine or working from home.

During these trying times, it is important to take care of your mental health as well as your physical health.

McLaren Greater Lansing has some simple ways to support yourself while joining this critical movement to fight the coronavirus.

Stay up to date on what is happening, while limiting your media exposure. Avoid watching or listening to news reports 24/7, since this tends to increase anxiety and worry, and remember that children are especially affected by what they hear and see on television.

There are many practical ways to help cope and relax while being vigilant about your health. Taking deep breaths, stretching, meditating and taking part in activities you enjoy are great ways to start.

Communicating with your friends and family can help make sure you stay connected while practicing social distancing. Modern technology offers many ways to have virtual face to face contact with loved ones while you are apart. (

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