COVID-19 and our Mental Health

We are concerned about the mental health of our communities. As you continue to grapple with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may feel anxiety rise or experience depression.  It’s important to stay in touch with your healthcare provider and let them know when you experience changes in your mental health.

Please consider some of the tips below as we navigate through the coming days:

  • Stay connected (while maintaining social distancing). Use your phone and social media apps to catch up with family, friends and neighbors. Make plans to meet others outside and wearing masks.
  • Check in with people you trust about how you are feeling. Talk about your concerns
  • Stay focused on the facts. Avoid the hype.
  • Take regular breaks from reading, listening and watching stories about the pandemic.
  • Participate in activities that provide healthy distraction.
  • Take care of your body. Take regular walks. Create an at home fitness routine. Dust off the yoga mat and do some stretching and poses.
  • Stay hydrated and eat well-balanced meals.
  • Try something new and find on-line support or discussion groups.
  • Get plenty of good quality sleep.
  • Avoid over using substances.
  • If you have to work from home or are unable to work, create a regular routine.

 

Here are some resources that may be helpful to you in this time of uncertainty:

Suicide Prevention Hotline

Mental Health America

CDC: Managing Pandemic-Related Stress and Anxiety

 

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