COVID-19, Wildfires, Social Inequity, Political Divisions, Unemployment, Hunger. There are a lot of stressors in life today. Treat yourself with kindness and compassion knowing you are doing the best you can.
It’s important to remember to take care of our mental health and wellness when things feel uncertain.
At our core we want to have certainty in our lives. When things are uncertain and feel beyond our control it can leave us with a sense of not feeling safe. This contributes to anxiety, worry and fear. The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is very stressful and is leaving many of us feeling uncertain and out of control. This may also remind us of other times in our lives when we did not feel safe, and as a result we may feel more on edge, angry, helpless or sad.
It is important to remember we are all doing the best we can during these difficult times. Treat others with kindness and compassion, knowing they are doing the best they can. Treat yourself with kindness and compassion knowing you are also doing the best you can. It’s important to remember to take care of our mental health and wellness during these uncertain times. Some things to consider:
Reactions during an infectious disease outbreak can include:
People with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment plans during an emergency and monitor for any new symptoms.
Coping with these feelings and getting help when you need it will help you, your family, and your community recover from a disaster. Connect with family, friends, and others in your community. Take care of yourself and each other, and know when and how to seek help.
Call your healthcare provider if stress reactions interfere with your daily activities for several days in a row.
Share the facts about COVID-19 and the actual risk to others. People who have returned from areas of ongoing spread more than 14 days ago and do not have symptoms of COVID-19 do not put others at risk.
What are quarantine and social distancing?
Sharing accurate information can help calm fears in others and allow you to connect with them.
Learn more about taking care of your emotional health.
Children react, in part, on what they see from the adults around them. When parents and caregivers deal with the COVID-19 calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children. Parents can be more reassuring to others around them, especially children, if they are better prepared. Not all children respond to stress in the same way. Some common changes to watch for in children:
There are many things you can do to support your child:
Courtesy Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Masks are now a requirement in Colorado when entering or moving within any public indoor space, and for some, wearing a mask can be very anxiety-provoking.
If you are experiencing anxiety related to wearing a mask you aren’t alone! About 25% of people may be experiencing mask-wearing anxiety with numbers that could be even higher among people with pre-existing anxiety, panic, or trauma.
We put together a video with some tips on how to cope if wearing a mask triggers anxiety for you.
Our mental health experts have been hosting Facebook Live events like the one above to soothe and support you and your family while we get through this and seek happiness, health and relief from social isolation. Visit our Facebook page for our video library of past facebook live events.
All Mind Springs Health offices are open for business virtually, providing services to the convenience of your social distancing space by video or over the phone. If you are not a current client, mental health therapy and psychiatry have never been easier to start.