LANSING, Mich. — As the world works together to fight the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), many people are doing their part to practice social distancing and self-quarantine or working from home.
During these extraordinary times, it is important to take care of your mental health as well as your physical health. McLaren Greater Lansing has some simple ways to support yourself while joining this critical movement to fight the virus.
Feelings of anxiety and uncertainty for yourself and your family are understandable, but making sure that you are well-informed on this rapidly changing situation is a great tool to help manage worries. Stay up to date on what is happening, while limiting your media exposure. Avoid watching or listening to news reports 24/7, since this tends to increase anxiety and worry, and remember that children are especially affected by what they hear and see on television. It is important to look to credible sources for information. McLaren Health Care has a dedicated page for COVID-19 that is updated by experts on the situation.
There are many practical ways to help cope and relax while being vigilant about your health. Taking deep breaths, stretching, meditating and taking part in activities you enjoy are great ways to start. Be sure to pace yourself between stressful activities, as well as taking time to do something fun in between difficult tasks.
Communicating with your friends and family can help make sure you stay connected while practicing social distancing. Modern technology offers many ways to have virtual face-to-face contact with loved ones while you are apart.
Talking about your experiences can also be a valuable tool if you feel comfortable, but try to keep a sense of hope and positive thinking. Taking time to keep a journal of things you are grateful for can help keep you on the right track.
If you feel lonely or need support, there are people standing by to help you 24/7 at the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration distress hotline at (800) 985-5990.
If you are in need of non-emergency health services, McLaren Greater Lansing offers McLarenNow, a convenient telehealth option to see a board-certified physician from your phone, tablet, or webcam-enabled computer. Visit mclarennow.org for more information.
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