MENTAL HEALTH AND STRESS MANAGEMENT
As we continue to adapt to the COVID-19 situation we find ourselves at home, asking questions and needing answers. Here are some helpful tips to curve anxieties, reduce stress associated with social distancing and promote overall well-being.
Self-care: Practice something you like for at least 15- minutes a day (i.e. walking, coloring, watching a family movie, baking etc.) Be mindful that self-care is the most effective when you preform the act intentionally.
Mindfulness: Recognize your feelings of loneliness, distress, anxiety and isolation are NORMAL considering the rapidly changing circumstance.
Schedule: Create a schedule that you and your family can follow daily. This will help promote a sense of normalcy and allow for structure.
Communicate: Check-in on your friends and family. We find that staying connected with your social life reduces anxieties associated with the present times. Great ways to communicate while practicing social distancing:
- Phone calls
Physical Health: As we deviate from our daily routines it is important that we maintain our physical health.
Exercise: Take a walk for 15-30 minutes a day this will help your mental health as well.
Eat Right: Eating a balanced diet will allow for your body to operate correctly and can have a positive impact on your mood. Great foods to eat contain Vitamin C, Protein and Omega- 3.
Sleep: The average person needs between 6-8 hours of sleep per night. Although, many of us may find we are struggling to sleep we can practice different techniques to increase our tiredness and ability to fall asleep.
- Up-plug from social media
- Reduce the intake of sugars and caffeine
- Exercise Daily
- Practice a calming bedtime ritual
Hygiene: There are many creative ways to practice hygiene with you children but remember these critical behaviors.
- Washing your hands in warm water for the same amount of time it takes you to sing “Happy Birthday” or the A-B-C’s (twice).
- Reinforce with your child(ren) to cover their nose and mouth when they sneeze or cough.
Crisis Services: 716-834-3131
National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK
Erie County Medical: 716-898-3000