Protecting your mental health from COVID-19
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ERIN A LOT OF US OUR FEELING STRESSED ANXIOUS AND EVEN DEPRESSED…MENTAL HEALTH EXPERTS SAY THAT IS NORMAL BUT THERE AR THINGS WE CAN DO TO FEEL BETTER. THE STAY AT HOME ORDER IS MAKING US FEEL LIKE WE HAVE LOST CONTROL OF OUR LIVES AND THAT GENERATES ALL KINDS OF STRESS. ON TOP OF THAT MANY OF US ARE FEARFUL OF THIS VIRUS… AND THE UNKNOWN CONSEQUENCES IT COULD HAVE ON OUR LIVES AND OUR LOVED ONES. TO ADDRESS THESE ISSUES THERE ARE SEVERAL THINGS YOU CAN DO — ONE IS CREATE A ROUTINE THAT YOU DO EVERYDAY DURING THE LOCKDOWN. THAT WILL HELP YOU REGAIN A SENSE OF CONTROL. TO DEAL WITH YOUR FEARS BE COMPASSIONATE WITH YOURSELF. 41:20 BEING ABLE TO SPEAK TO YOURSELF IN A KIND WAY AND SAY YOU KNOW THIS IS REALLY HARD THIS IS REALLY SCARY AND I DON;’T KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO ME I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO THE PEOPLE I CARE ABOUT I DON’T KNOW IF I AM GOING TO HAVE A JOB TO GO BACK TO AND I DON’T KNOW IF IAM GOING TO HAVE MONEY AND YOU KNOW ALL OF THESE THINGS YOU KNOW THAT IS LIKE PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING ALL AT ONCE. YOU SHOULD BUILD IN THREE KEY THINGS: EXERCISE — EVEN IF YOU DO IT INSIDE — A MENTAL HEALTH CHECK — AND SOME SORT OF SOCIAL CONNECTION WITH PEOPLE OUTSIDE YOUR HOME. SOCIAL MEDIA ISN’T GOING TO CUT IT — TRY PICKING UP THE PHONE AN RECONNECTING WITH OLD FRIENDS OR SOMEONE YOU THINK MIGHT BE LONELY. HERE ARE THREE THINGS YOU CAN DO FOR THAT MENTAL HEALTH CHECK DAILY: MEDITATION, GUIDED IMAGERY, AND BREATHING EXERCISES… AND WOOD SAYS FOR THIS THE INTERNET IS A GREAT RESOURCE. FIND SOMETHING THAT WORKS FOR YOU AND MAKE IT PART OF THAT ROUTINE. MANY GROCERY STORE SHOPPERS WORRY ABOUT EXPOSURE TO

Protecting your mental health from COVID-19

Protecting your mental health from covid-19

People are feeling stressed, anxious, fearful and even depressed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mental health experts say that is not only normal but it would be concerning if you were not feeling some of those things. The pandemic is plaguing mental health on at least two levels. The first is the fear of the virus itself and whether or not we will get sick or our loved ones will get sick. The second is the loss of control many across the nation are experiencing under stay-at-home orders. To address these issues mental health experts recommend you create a daily stay-at-home routine. Build in three key elements to the routine to help protect your mental health; exercise, a mental health check, and social engagement. “Human beings are wired for attachment, we’re wired to connect with people,” said Central Coast psychotherapist Stacey Wood. Wood said we should stop calling it ‘social distancing’ and start calling it ‘physical distancing.’ To get in your daily dose of social engagement while avoiding crowds and small gatherings, Wood suggests picking up the phone and reconnecting with old friends or people you think might be lonely. She said if they don’t pick-up, try again the next day and remember everyone you interact with is experiencing the same the thing. For your exercise Wood suggests taking a walk outside but if you can’t go outside use the internet to find an exercise routine. She said exercise, good nutrition and sleep are key to mental well being. Wood said the internet is also helpful for your mental health check. You can use it to find lessons on guided meditation, guided imagery and breathing exercises. You can also reach out to therapists in Monterey County offering Telehealth. Wood has already put together a list of providers who have availability and can be reached by phone of video chat to help you during this time. staceykwoodlmft.com 4 Yes English kristinejensenlcsw.com 3-5 Yes English rochellehallconsult.com 4 Yes English pamhughestherapy.com 5-6 Yes English healing_inspiration.com 10 Yes English psychologytoday.com 2 No English & Danish rossfarleycounseling.com 6 Yes English XxxX Xx Xx Xx Counselingcarmel.com 5 Yes English moonrisepsychology.com 4 Yes Some French marenmartin.com 5 Yes English https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/janie-rommel-eichorn-carmel-ca/122418 3 Yes English and Spanish Psychologytoday.com Several No English psychologytoday.com Call Call English https://www.drmarthaelinonline.com 3 Yes English https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/carmen-martin-carmel-ca/134477 3 Yes English and German

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People are feeling stressed, anxious, fearful and even depressed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mental health experts say that is not only normal but it would be concerning if you were not feeling some of those things.

The pandemic is plaguing mental health on at least two levels. The first is the fear of the virus itself and whether or not we will get sick or our loved ones will get sick. The second is the loss of control many across the nation are experiencing under stay-at-home orders.

To address these issues mental health experts recommend you create a daily stay-at-home routine. Build in three key elements to the routine to help protect your mental health; exercise, a mental health check, and social engagement.

“Human beings are wired for attachment, we’re wired to connect with people,” said Central Coast psychotherapist Stacey Wood.

Wood said we should stop calling it ‘social distancing’ and start calling it ‘physical distancing.’ To get in your daily dose of social engagement while avoiding crowds and small gatherings, Wood suggests picking up the phone and reconnecting with old friends or people you think might be lonely. She said if they don’t pick-up, try again the next day and remember everyone you interact with is experiencing the same the thing.

For your exercise Wood suggests taking a walk outside but if you can’t go outside use the internet to find an exercise routine. She said exercise, good nutrition and sleep are key to mental well being.

Wood said the internet is also helpful for your mental health check. You can use it to find lessons on guided meditation, guided imagery and breathing exercises. You can also reach out to therapists in Monterey County offering Telehealth. Wood has already put together a list of providers who have availability and can be reached by phone of video chat to help you during this time.

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