Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health and Safety Guide
ASERT has compiled resources for those with autism and those who care for people with autism relating to the current COVID-19 outbreak.
Everyone feels sad or down from time to time, especially when something bad or unexpected happens. However, depression is a more serious condition where people experience a persistent, depressed mood or lose interest in daily activities. This information sheet, developed by ASERT, provides some 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.
Try to keep doing your regular daily activities like going to school/work, doing chores, and maintaining your hygiene.
Surround yourself with friends and family to support you. Keep up with social activities, even if you don’t want to.
Talking to a therapist, physician or other mental health professional can help.
Get outside or increase sunlight in your home.
Don’t skip meals, avoid alcohol, cigarettes or drugs and minimize sugar.
Practice meditation or deep breathing as a way to help reduce stress.
Sleeping too little or too much can make depression worse, so aim to get 8 hours of sleep a night.
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.