Coping with COVID-19: Attending to Structure

Mother and child on laptop

With so many things changing rapidly in COVID-19 news, it’s easy to become overwhelmed.

While it can feel as though everything in your life is different right now, it’s important to recognize that some things can and will stay the same. In times like these, The Ohio State University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health’s Stress Trauma and Resilience (STAR) Program recommends the ATTENDING TO STRUCTURE technique for some much-needed relief.

Attending to Structure

  • Make a list of the things that aren’t changing
    • Use these “anchors” to help with stress management
  • Whenever possible, adhere to a consistent routine
    • Bedtime
    • Wake time
    • Meal time
    • Time to exercise
    • Time to relax
    • Time to engage (even if it’s in a virtual format) with people close to you

Here’s your daily dose of a healthy distraction (adorable kitten edition):