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Mental health issues are skyrocketing due to COVID-19. Here are some tips on creating and implementing a self-care plan for yourself.
Mental Health Plans During a Pandemic
We are sitting in anticipation that the crest of this pandemic is about to hit. Different reports give different timetables. But we need to stay focused and not let fear and anxiety destroy us in the process.
What is happening in Cleveland? Ohioans are fortunate to have a governor who is a big picture person. He is leading us by focusing on what is best for our citizens. Like the rest of the country, many of us here are out of work. Dentist offices are shut down except for emergencies, putting so many of us out of work and on unemployment. But most important is that we are slowly starting to “get it.”
The risk for mental health issues is skyrocketing right now, hence the importance of encouraging creating a mental health plan for yourself.
Start with answering these questions.
As a social worker, I believe that one of the biggest issues for all of us is how we are managing our anxiety. If we become ill, anxiety will make the symptoms worse. If we stay healthy, we can be paralyzed from the fear of contagion as well. Follow healthcare recommendations but focus on what you have control over. You do control your behavior and your fears. Don’t feed into those fears as they can take ahold of you and make your health worse, whether you ever get this virus or not.
Minimizing the situation is not the aim here. But it’s important to focus only on what is in our control. No one knows what is going to happen next. For that reason, we all need to focus only on what we can do.
The key to our survival is how well we cope and manage. We will get through this. The world isn’t ending, it’s just changing rapidly. Try to let go of the losses and look for positive things that are happening all around. The most important factor is to open your eyes. Control what you can control, such as your thoughts and behaviors.
Share with me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know how you are coping.