Practicing self-care can help in managing symptoms of anxiety and distress.
SELF CARE TIPS FOR MANAGING CORONAVIRUS STRESS AND ANXIETY:
- Avoid excessive exposure to media coverage of COVID-19.
- Try to recognize catastrophic thinking and remind yourself that overwhelming feelings will fade.
- Maintain a sense of hope and positive thinking.
- Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate.
- Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise, get plenty of sleep
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol and drugs.
- Utilize healthy coping skills- (ie) aromatherapy, bath, music, journaling, cooking.
- Try to maintain some sense of normal- try to keep up with activities you enjoy and feel normal, adapting given current circumstances.
- Connect with others. Share your concerns and how you are feeling with a friend or family member. Maintain healthy relationships.
About this video: A collaborative effort between Old Colony Y and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Plymouth. Most COVID-19 response efforts are focused on addressing the health and economic issues brought on by the pandemic. Too often, we fail to consider the significant social implications that may arise from such an event. At the Y, we're looking to make this transition - and new way of life - a little easier. Maintaining physical distance from our friends and family can be challenging. It can make us feel socially isolated and cause anxiety - especially during a crisis. That's why practicing good physical, mental, and cognitive health is more important than ever! Join the Y's Jennifer Pinto, LMHC, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's Dr. Alejandro Mendoza on this virtual call to learn how you can promote a health spirit, mind, and body.
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ONLINE MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES:
COPING AND FACTORS AFFECTING MENTAL HEALTH:
HELPING CHILDREN COPE AND FACTORS AFFECTING A CHILD’S EMOTIONAL RESPONSE:
SAMHSA’s DISASTER DISTRESS HOTLINE
- 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. Deafness or hearing loss 1-800-985-5990
- In the event of an emergency of thoughts of hurting yourself or someone else, call 911 or visit nearest emergency room.
MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS
In the event of a mental health crisis, when indicated and safe, contact local Emergency Services Provider (ESP) for assistance.
- Community Counseling of Bristol County Emergency Services 508-580-0801
- Taunton/Attleboro Crisis Team: 800-660-4300
- Brockton Crisis Team: 508-580-0801