Updated: Feb 15, 2021
In the wake of the COVID pandemic, protests and the attack on our nation’s capital, individuals are finding themselves stressed. Stress may lead to physical and emotional changes including increased heart rates, muscle tension, irritability, sleep disturbance, changes in appetite, loss of concentration, and thoughts of helplessness. Our mental health is more important now than ever before and coping with these feelings in a healthy way will make you and those that you love stronger physically and emotionally. Pay attention to those feelings and focus on self-care.
Some suggestions include:
Control your exposure to news – Take breaks from reading, watching, or listening to news stories. Limit your exposure to no more than one hour per day.
Participate in physical exercise – Go for a walk, practice yoga.
Keep a journal – Writing down your thoughts can help you process your feelings.
Find ways to be social – You can still visit and maintain social distancing by phone calls, zoom visits, and facetime. Staying connected is key!
Find positive outlets – Watching movies (this year, Netflix is releasing a new movie weekly), cooking (explore new recipes), listening to music, and Wind Therapy (get out and “Ride Yo Shhhh!)
It is ok to not be ok but recognizing those feelings is what is important. There is no judgement if your feeling stressed or having a hard time and help is always available, Reach out!!!
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 or 911
National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Hotline 1-800-985-5990
Community Matters LLC Outpatient Behavioral Health Services 860-282-8882