COVID-19 and Stress

Hi Fort Mill!

I’d like to start today with discussing self-care and how to keep your emotional and spiritual wellbeing intact during this difficult time.  Stress and mental health issues have risen significantly across our country during the COVID-19 pandemic.  For those of us that are parents, being home more with our children, worrying about whether to send them to in-person school, managing how to keep them distanced but still socialized, wanting them to see grandparents, helping them understand the importance of masks….its enough to make any of us feel overwhelmed.

 

First, please keep things in PERSPECTIVE.  You are the only person who knows what is right for your family.  Advice from friends, family and neighbors is (mostly) helpful, but YOU make the best decisions that work for yourself and your family!  Be careful watching the news and make sure you base your decisions on facts.  While this virus is a moving target and no organization is 100% correct 100% of the time, stick with credible sources to replace fear with facts.  Feel free to give us a call to discuss reputable sources of information.

 

Keep yourself and your family HEALTHY!  Many people turn to self-medicating in times of stress, but alcohol and smoking can actually INCREASE depression and make it worse.  Spend time outside!  Take this time to try yoga and meditation!  Be sure to stay active together and get enough sleep.  Taking care of your physical health will help lower your stress significantly.

 

Please pay attention to your body, feelings and spirit.  If you are stressed to the point of it affecting relationships with those you love and trust, it is time for help.  Please make sure you reach out to someone – be it family, friends, your family doctor, and/or a trusted counselor, you need to TALK.  If you or anyone you know has thoughts of self-harm or suicide, 24 hour help is available.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  1-800-273-TALK Disaster Distress Hotline: 800-985-5990

 

Stay healthy, both physically and emotionally.  Although it has been and will continue to be disruptive, you are not alone and you will get through this with the support of those you trust.