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During this COVID-19 outbreak, local officials are requiring the public to take measures to limit and control the spread of the disease. It’s frightening, confusing, and for some, a cause for anger. The reason for many of these measures is to help stop or slow down the spread of disease.

This page will show ways to care for your mental and behavioral wellness during this time and provide resources for more help.

What is Social Distancing?

Social distancing is a way to keep people from interacting closely or frequently enough to spread an infectious disease.

What Is Quarantine? 

Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who have been exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. It lasts long enough to ensure the person has not contracted the disease.

What Is Isolation?

Isolation prevents the spread of an infectious disease by separating people who are sick from those who are not.

Are you feeling extra anxiety these days due to the Covid-19? Are you feeling stressed out or anxious about...

  • Your health and the health of your loved ones

  • Being able to effectively care for children or others in your care

  • Being exposed to the disease

  • Underlying feeling of anger

  • Boredom and frustration because you may not be able to work or engage in regular day-to-day activities

  • Loneliness associated with feeling cut off from the world and loved ones

  • Feelings of hopelessness, changes in appetite, or changes in sleeping habits

  • Time taken off from work and the potential loss of income and job security

  • Economy changes

  • Stock market, etc.

  • Finding the necessities for you or your family

Anxiety disorders are characterized by excessive fear or worry caused by anticipation of a threat or conflict. While anxiety itself is a normal facet of life, anxiety disorders can disrupt one’s ability to function in day to day situations.

Tips to help keep the anxiety at a minimum

  • Keep your news consumption to two to three credible sources for 30 minutes or less per day: Too much news consumption can make your anxiety worse.

  • Practice at least 5 minutes of relaxation each day: Counteract your stress with time spent in relaxation. For some people this may mean taking a hot bath, reading a book, or meditating. 

    Meditation: In Depth - Meditation is a mind and body practice that has a long history of use for increasing calmness and physical relaxation, improving psychological balance, coping with illness, and enhancing overall health and well-being. 

  • Stay in contact with your support system through phone, internet, and social media: This is very important. Humans are social creatures, and if you have to limit contact with loved ones, it can lead to feelings of isolation and depression. Whether you’re quarantined, social distancing, or just being careful, maintain contact with friends and family in whatever way you can. 

  • If you’re unable to cope with your anxiety on your own, seek professional help: If you’re concerned about seeing a provider in person, you may be able to meet with a mental health professional through phone or video chat (telehealth).

 

See below for the helpful resources:

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