COVID-19 And Mental Health Resources

COVID-19 Mental Health Resources

The COVID-19 pandemic is a time of uncertainty and anxiety for many. Fear and stress can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in both adults and children. But there are healthy ways to cope with this stress. And, coping with this stress will make you, the people you care about, and our community stronger. 

According to the CDC's website, here are some healthy ways to cope with stress:

  • Take breaks from watching, listening to or reading news stories. Including social media. Hearing aboutthe pandemic repeatedly from different sources with differing viewpoints can be confusing and upsetting.
  • Take care of your body.
    • Take deep breaths, stretch  or meditate.
    • Try to eat healthy and well-balanced meals.
    • Exercise regularly.
    • Get plenty of sleep.
    • Avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

Take care of your mental health and call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.

Individuals with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment and be aware of new or worsening symptoms.

Need Help, Or Know Someone Who Does?

If you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed with emotions such as sadness, depression, anxiety or is feeling like you want to harm yourself or others:

Resources Available

Download the following resources by clicking on the icon or link:

            

The Impact of Stress and What to Watch For

What You Need to Know to Help Your Employees (and Yourself)

Your Life Iowa - IDPH Brochure

Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook (Courtesy of The Wellness Society)