prioritizing mental health during a pandemic

As we continue to navigate life through a global pandemic, many health professionals are expressing growing concern over the rise in negative mental health experiences. Professionals expect an increase in anxiety and depressive symptoms to come as the experience of social distancing and isolation becomes more routine.

Small businesses are struggling to stay afloat and many workers are not able to perform their jobs under current shelter-in-place orders. The mounting unknowns, mixed with the financial crisis that is sure to ensue, is at the root of a rise in anxiety. Not to mention the social restrictions, concerns over health, and daily routines that have turned upside down.

With many unprecedented events occurring around us, the fight to keep our mental health in check needs to remain a top priority. Most of us know the basics to self-care; exercise, eat a balanced diet, do things daily we enjoy, spend time outdoors, connect with loved ones, etc. But to remain on the defense, I compiled a few resources to help us through this stressful time. 

 

Here’s a few proactive things we can do:

  1. Join a group:

Mental health care platform Real is offering one month of their digital therapy services for free, in order to provide support during the pandemic. You can participate in group discussions in their virtual group salons, have mental health check-ins with therapists, or “attend” other therapist-run digital events to help you feel more connected.

How to get it: See a list of services and activities and sign up at Real to the People.

    2. Practice Mindfulness:

Aura is an app to help you practice mindfulness, get better sleep and improve your emotional health. They’re offering a free three-month subscription which includes unlimited access to their mindfulness meditations, life coaching, inspiring stories, and music, all created by experts.

How to get it: Visit Aura’s site and use code FINDPEACE2020 at checkout to get three months for free (no credit card required).

 

3. Support for Parents & Kids:

This site is a great resource for parents and children. It deals with specific topics like Coping With the Coronavirus Crisis, Autism and the Coronavirus, Managing Anxiety and Fear, Discipline and Behavior, and Dealing with Loss.

Visit Child Mind for information and tools!

 

 

**If you feel your mental health spiraling into bigger issues, it’s important to seek professional care from a physician or mental health professional, even if that’s just via phone or email right now, Flint says. Traumatic events can trigger some serious mental illnesses, including suicidal ideation, so don’t brush aside those feelings if you notice them in yourself or with a loved one, she stresses.

For general help with finding mental health resources, contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or email them at info@nami.org. If you are in a crisis and need help immediately call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or chat online with a counselor for free.

 

Stay Well & Take Care!

 

 

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