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Coping with Covid-19

Mental Health


 

Outbreaks can be stressful

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

 

Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include:

 

  • Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones.
  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns.
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating.
  • Worsening of chronic health problems.
  • Worsening of mental health conditions.
  • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.
  • Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations.
  • How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and the community you live in.

 

People who may respond more strongly to the stress of a crisis include:

 

  • Older people and people with chronic diseases who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • Children and teens.
  • People who are helping with the response to COVID-19, like doctors, other health care providers, and first responders.
  • People who have mental health conditions including problems with substance use.

 

Please remember as you shelter in place and take care of your day to day business to make yourself a priority. 

Thank you all for your efforts. 

 

Mental Health Resources

TECHNOLOGY:

 

As COVID-19 pushes us all to adjust to a new normal and think outside the box many of us have had to grasp hold of a new way to communicate and utilize resources. Through this transition, there will be more and more use of technology and this also can include mental health. For those that are looking for additional ways to cope with mental health issues, there are many different APPS that you can use from the comfort of your own phone. These apps are not a substitute for a mental health professional but should be looked at as a tool. Here are some that I have come across:

  1. Calm
  2. Antistress
  3. Kardia
  4. Up
  5. Relax Melodies
  6. Headspace

 

    There are many, many out there so if you choose to address your mental and emotional well being in this fashion research and enjoy. 


Please remember as you shelter in place and take care of your day to day business to make yourself a priority. 

Thank you all for your efforts. 

Take care of yourself and your community

Ways to cope with stress:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body.
  • Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate.
  • Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
  • Exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep.
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

 

Please remember as you shelter in place and take care of your day to day business to make yourself a priority. 

Thank you all for your efforts. 

 

Take care of your mental health

Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.

 

People with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment and be aware of new or worsening symptoms. Additional information can be found at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Preparedness.


 

A few ways we can all cope with Depression:

 

Try to eat a healthy diet:

Some people don't feel like eating when they're depressed and are at risk of becoming underweight. Others find comfort in food and can put on excess weight.

 

Have a routine:

When people feel down, they can get into poor sleep patterns, staying up late and sleeping during the day. Try to get up at your normal time and stick to your routine as much as possible.

 

Be more active:

Take up some form of exercise. There's evidence that exercise can help lift your mood. If you haven't exercised for a while, start gently by walking for 20 minutes every day.

 

Stay in touch:

Don't withdraw from life. Socialising can improve your mood. Keeping in touch with friends and family means you have someone to talk to when you feel low. 


 

A few ways to cope with anxiety:

 

Practice focused, deep breathing:

Try breathing in for 4 counts and breathing out for 4 counts for 5 minutes total. By evening out your breath, you’ll slow your heart rate which should help calm you down.

 

Write down your thoughts:

Writing down what’s making you anxious gets it out of your head and can make it less daunting.

 

Do a daily or routine meditation:

While this takes some practice to do successfully, mindful meditation, when done regularly, can eventually help you train your brain to dismiss anxious thoughts when they arise.

 

Please remember as you shelter in place and take care of your day to day business to make yourself a priority. 

Thank you all for your efforts. 

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