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Coping with Coronavirus

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  • Persistent worry or fear

  • Numbness or confusion 

  • Appetite, energy, and activity changes

  • Racing/intrusive thoughts

  • Difficulty concentrating or sleeping

  • Nightmares

  • Physical reactions (e.g., headaches, pains, digestive problems, and rashes)

  • Exacerbated chronic health issues

  • Irritability and/or changes in mood

  • Urges to self-soothe with food, alcohol, tobacco, or illicit drugs

Caring for our mental health can be critical so that we may maintain our decision making abilities, prevent becoming overwhelmed by new challenges, and increase stamina if a situation calls for it.  I’ve provided some specific suggestions and resources below. I hope you find them helpful in this difficult time.

  • Stay informed with researched facts, while ensuring you take breaks from news and social media

  • Care for your physical well-being with exercise, stretching, eating well-balanced meals, and practicing sleep hygiene

  • Practice mindfulness, meditation, and breathing exercises daily

  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine, foods high in sugar, tobacco products, and illicit drugs

  • Address activities you have been “meaning to get to,” such as home projects, cleaning, organizing, and personal paperwork

  • Enjoy and allow time for leisure activities (e.g., games/puzzles, knitting, painting, sports, playing a musical instrument, learning a new skill)

  • Create a daily schedule with planned leisure time to maintain a balanced lifestyle

  • Connect by phone or video with trusted friends, family, community resources, clergy members, doctors, or mental health professionals to share experiences and feelings

  • Continue with treatment plans if you have a pre-existing physical or mental health condition, and alert your therapist or doctor if you begin experiencing new symptoms

If you have further questions, or would like to book an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 847.563.0440 or at mollyrose@collaborativebh.com.



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