Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health and Safety Guide
ASERT has put together some resources for those with autism and those who care for people with autism relating to the current Coronavirus outbreak.
Everyone feels sad or down from time to time, especially when something bad or unexpected happens. However, depression is a condition where people experience a persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in daily activities. This information sheet provides tips and suggestions to help manage symptoms of depression.
Find exercises that are continuous and rhythmic like swimming, walking, or dancing.
Listen to music, watch TV, read, draw, or play games.
Try to find other ways of looking at a situation. It may not be as bad as you initially think.
Surround yourself with friends and family to support you. Keep up with social activities, even if you don’t want to.
Don’t skip meals, avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs, and minimize sugar.
Sleeping too little or too much can make depression worse, so aim to get 8 hours of sleep a night.
Practice meditation or deep breathing as a way to help reduce stress.
Talking to a therapist, physician, or other mental health professional can help.
Try to keep doing your regular daily activities like going to school/work, doing chores, and maintaining your hygiene.
This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.