To say that 2020 has been stressful feels like an understatement. But, in light of the economic and health devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, its impact on mental health has often been overlooked. Prioritizing your mental health and taking advantage of available resources is an absolute must during these challenging times, regardless of whether you are worried about coronavirus or something else entirely.
Take Care of Your Body
Your physical and mental health are more closely connected than you might think. Exercise releases endorphins in the body, which naturally alleviate stress and boost your mood. When you are feeling stressed out, taking deep breaths, stretching, or meditating can clear your thoughts and help you feel calm. Don’t forget to eat balanced meals — proper nutrition (including avoiding drugs and alcohol) will also help your body better cope with stress.
Get Plenty of Rest
Stress and sleep have a complex relationship. Stress can often cause difficulty sleeping, and a lack of rest can cause you to feel even more stressed out. Getting plenty of sleep each night will reduce fatigue and irritability so you can better manage day to day stress. Avoid screen time before bed to make it easier to fall asleep.
Connect With Others
Social isolation has been a contributing factor to the COVID mental health crisis. Quite often, talking with people you trust about your concerns and feelings can alleviate stress and help you feel better. Even a phone conversation or Zoom call can help! Of course, OneEighty is available at any time with counseling and mental health services.
While some mental health challenges require professional counseling to be fully resolved, taking a proactive approach will do wonders for your overall well-being. Don’t hesitate to reach out to OneEighty for mental health services if you need them. OneEighty is also offering telehealth (counseling by phone or video). Contact OneEighty at 330.264.8498 or visit their webpage www.one-eighty.org