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.
This information sheet, developed by ASERT, provides some tips and suggestions for self-advocates to learn how to help manage symptoms of depression.
The following list of suggestions are things that can help you manage your depression:
Be Active: Find exercises that are continuous and rhythmic like swimming, walking or dancing.
Do Things You Enjoy: Listen to music, watch TV, read, draw or play games.
Challenge Negative Thoughts: Try to find other ways of looking at a situation. It may not be as bad as you initially think.
Continue Everyday Tasks: Try to keep doing your regular daily activities like going to school/work, doing chores, and maintaining your hygiene.
Stay Connected: Surround yourself with friends and family to support you. Keep up with social activities, even if you don’t want to.
Seek Help: Talking to a therapist, physician or other mental health professional can help.
Spend Time In Sunlight: Get outside or increase sunlight in your home.
Eat Healthy: Don’t skip meals, avoid alcohol, cigarettes or drugs and minimize sugar.
Reduce Stress: Practice meditation or deep breathing as a way to help reduce stress.
Get The Right Sleep: 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.