Health Impact of Information Overload
In this time of widespread uncertainty due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, people are trying to gain as much information as possible.
Staying informed is smart, but information overload, especially if overwhelmingly negative, can exacerbate already high anxiety and contribute to depression.
To help mitigate that anxiety and depression, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has issued an online booklet of suggestions and resources for mental health support and well-being.*
What You Can Do
The NAMI booklet addresses several issues that forced social isolation has brought to the fore.
- Make sure your information sources are trustworthy; stick to sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and official government websites.
- Line up your emotional support system and update contact information.
- Follow the suggested health protocols such as hand washing and social distancing.
Quarantine + Working from Home
- Construct a dedicated work area, separate from your family life areas, to improve focus.
- Create structure and routines to help normalize and balance this new (temporary) work-life schedule.
- Use video technology to help create opportunities for face time and visual conversations with colleagues.
Finding Support in Isolation
Be proactive and reach out when you feel like you could use help. Several phone-based, text, and online resources are listed in the guidebook, including:
- NAMI’s Resource Library
- 7 Cups
- CDC’s page on “Reducing Stigma” and building resilience during COVID-19
For more information and resources, visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
*National Alliance of Mental Illness. (2020). COVID-19 Information and Resources [PDF] [Press Release].