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Mental Health Tips during the COVID-19 Pandemic

 

  1. Limit social media intake and news exposure.  Staying current on recent events is important, however, make sure you are finding a balance and turn it off when information is overloading and stressing you. 

 

  1. Create a daily routine.  Take into account your physical, educational, and psychological well being and mix your activities to include something for each.  Reading a book can be followed with some exercise or a soothing shower.

  

  1. Stay connected with friends.  Use Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts, Facetime, to see each other and connect.  We’re all in this together!

 

  1. Spend a few minutes practicing deep breathing or meditation.  Take four whole seconds to inhale, four seconds to hold onto that breath, and four whole seconds to exhale.  Repeat this four times.  

 

  1. Eat healthy, nutritious foods.  It may be tempting to snack on easy to access food such as chips and cereal, however, incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables instead will give your body better energy to handle stress.  Staying hydrated with water will also help.

 

  1. Communicate your feelings with your friends and loved ones.  It’s really okay to admit when you are struggling and reach out.  It is better to share and lean on someone than to keep it all bottled up.

 

  1. Get adequate sleep.  Try and stick to a routine of getting at least eight hours of sleep each night.  Oversleeping or staying up too late can make you feel more depressed.

 

  1. Try to stay busy.  Too much idle time can exasperate difficult emotions.  Help organize cabinets, clean out closets, play board games, pick up a new card game.    

 

  1. Make time for self-care.  Be kind to yourself by being mindful of your thoughts.  Recognize when you need a break and take it.   Listening to music, journaling, drawing, reading a book, taking a walk, and taking a shower/bath are all good examples of self-care. 

 

  1. Reach out for help if needed.  Many counseling agencies are still practicing with telehealth appointments.  If you are in crisis, please consider the following mental health resources.

 

             Mental health resources available 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 

1-800-273-8255

 

Crisis Text Line                                                      741741 

 

Suicide Emergency Line                                     988

 

Linden Oaks Behavioral Health  

630-305-5027

 
Silver Oaks Behavioral Health

844-580-500


Amita St. Joseph Health 

815-725-7133


If you are unsure who to contact in an emergency, please dial 911.

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