SARS-CoV-2, commonly called COVID-19 or coronavirus has changed life as we know it. Formerly bustling cities are quiet, crowded buses are empty, restaurants are closed, and the world has seemed to pause for the better part of 2020. The sudden change has caused many people to feel stressed, anxious, and uneasy overall.Feeling stressed and anxious? You’re not alone. Many people are struggling as the world is trying to return to “normal”. Click To Tweet
If you are struggling with your mental health, don’t be ashamed to get help. Knowledge is power and in the modern age of the internet, you have access to free information at your fingertips. Start educating yourself about the stress and anxiety or depression that you are feeling. And above all, speak with your health care provider to get confidential support.
In the meantime, here are a few ways to manage your mental health problems during the coronavirus pandemic:
Managing Stressful Situations
Whether you are working from home or have been furloughed for the time period, the quarantine has been stressful for most people. If you’re a parent, you’ve had to find a way to keep a steady flow of income, become a teacher to your children, keep your home clean, and hold your household together for your family. It is okay to feel not okay. Here are some ways to decompress during this uncertain time:
- Take a break from social media– Across most platforms, laypeople have suddenly become medical experts. Even scrolling through posts can be overwhelming and cause unneeded stress. Consider removing the apps from your phone and taking a social media cleanse.
- Make time to relax– If all you have is fifteen minutes, use that time to take a bath, read a book, or watch your favorite show.
- Care for your body– Exercise can work wonders for your mental health. Go for a walk, watch a free yoga video on YouTube in your living room, or swim some laps in the pool.
Pro Tip: If you’re struggling with your mental health, try incorporating more nutritious fruits and veggies into your daily diet.
Coming Out of Quarantine
Many businesses in Texas are opening their doors to customers again. You might not feel ready to face the busy brunch restaurant or shopping center, and that’s alright. Everyone is different and handles isolation in many ways. If you need to take your time coming out of quarantine, don’t worry about it. Be gentle and kind with yourself as you navigate the current state of things.
If You’re at a Higher Risk
Older adults and people with pre-existing conditions are at higher risk of experiencing behavioral health problems. Talk to your doctor if you feel depressed. If you or anyone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call a crisis line below:
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
- Crisis Intervention of Houston: (713) 468-5463
- Teen Line: (713) 529-8336
Take Control of Your Mental Health
At Pasadena Health Center, we offer mental health services for coping during the coronavirus pandemic. If you’d prefer to make a virtual appointment, we have those available too. Schedule your appointment today to manage your mental health.