Your Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Managing work, family, finances and a thousand other expectations have always been challenging before 'stay-at-home orders' of a pandemic became the central focus of our lives. So how do we manage to take care of our families and ourselves during this stressful time?
To stay safe from COVID-19, it is crucial to maintain a safe physical distance of 6 ft. when going out for necessary trips. It is also important to wear a face mask to protect from inhaling particles that could be infectious. But while we need to be physically separated, now more than ever, we need to stay socially and emotionally connected.
Reaching out to friends and family through phone calls and social media are important ways to care for others and be cared for in supporting positive mental health especially during these times.
This is also a time when you can explore the benefits of telehealth. Just expressing how you are feeling to a therapist can help lift your mood and provide a sense of calm.
You Are Not Alone. We Are Here For You
Healthy thoughts and emotions are the foundation of good mental health. During these unusual times, it is even more important to protect yourself from overexposure to the endless stream of news and commentary that can increase anxiety and feelings of depression.
Emotional wellness should be your daily goal and every positive activity you do throughout the day are self-care steps towards achieving that goal.
Warmline Service help you process those draining emotions and assist you in creating a healthier way to manage the stress in your life.
Many of our usual coping strategies like going to the gym or to the movies are unavailable or not consistently available when we need them most. We find ourselves needing to learn new ways to cope with our stress in this ever-changing reality.
Practicing stress-reducing relaxation techniques such as therapeutic deep breathing, journaling and mindfulness activities can help keep your focus on maintaining calm.
While we must practice physical distancing, it's important for good mental health to maintain contact with each other socially. Conversations with friends and family by video conferencing and phone calls go a long way toward helping us feel connected and maintain our emotional health.
If you feel a need to talk with someone, a Warmline therapist is available for individual therapy.