The COVID-19 pandemic has been very stressful for so many of us. Some of us have experienced a prolonged state of uncertainty and are also feeling isolated and lonely from social distancing from our family, friends, and loved ones. Prolonged stress from the pandemic can cause anxiety and exacerbate mental health issues.
You can take care of your mental health by seeking professional help from a mental health practitioner. If you have an employer sponsored health plan, you may already have access to a mental health provider through your Employee Assistance Program (EAP). In addition, you can also contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness by phone at (800) 950-6264. If you are having an urgent mental health crisis text NAMI to 741741. Finally, you can find a mental health specialist on the new Talk Space website at www.talkspace.com.
Taking care of your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Staying physically active is crucial for improving our mental and physical health. Exercise can help decrease tension, elevate your mood, improve your sleep, reduce fatigue, and can have an anti-anxiety effect. In addition to exercise, make sure you are getting enough sleep and try to eat a balanced and healthy diet.
The amount of sleep needed varies from person to person. However, most adults should aim to get about 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. When you are experiencing high levels of stress, it is important to eat a healthy diet, which will help you stay energetic and focused. Unfortunately, many of us are emotional eaters and tend to turn to unhealthy foods for comfort. However, you should try hard to avoid foods that are high in calories, fat and sugar.
Remember, your mental health matters and you do not have to struggle in silence!
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). (2020, October). Mental Health Website. Retrieved from: https://www.nami.org/Home
Talk Space. (2020, October). Mental Health Website. Retrieved from: https://www.talkspace.com