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COVID-19 & Mental Health: It’s Okay Not to Be Okay
By admin December 17, 2020

COVID-19 message -- reads it's okay not to be okayThis is a different tack from our usual focus on business, politics etc but it’s necessary to sometimes take a step back. With that in mind, we just wanted to speak to you (wherever you are in the world) and let you know that it’s okay not to be okay as we continue to fight against COVID-19.

We’re in the middle of a pandemic that has taken so many lives and turned our lives upside down. If you’re sad, that’s okay. If you’re hopeful, that’s okay. If you’re angry that’s okay. If you’re hungry, that’s okay. If you’re tired, that’s okay. If you’re stressed, that’s okay. If you’re worried, that’s okay. If you’re just okay, that’s okay.

Let’s face it, 2020 has been a monumental challenge and the world has experienced so much pain, loss and tragedy…and now hope with the research breakthrough and the arrival of the vaccines. This year has been a never-ending rollercoaster. But at the end of the day, we’re all in this together and we’ll get through it together. So, wherever you are, just know that we understand and it’s okay not to be okay. We will endure and emerge stronger.

Here are some helpful resources via the CDC:

Healthy ways to cope with stress

  • Know what to do if you are sick and are concerned about COVID-19. Contact a health professional before you start any self-treatment for COVID-19.
  • Know where and how to get treatment and other support services and resources, including counseling or therapy (in person or through telehealth services).
  • Take care of your emotional health. Taking care of your emotional health will help you think clearly and react to the urgent needs to protect yourself and your family.
  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including those on social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body.
  • 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.
  • Connect with your community- or faith-based organizations. While social distancing measures are in place, consider connecting online, through social media, or by phone or mail.

Know the facts to help reduce stress

Knowing the facts about COVID-19 and stopping the spread of rumors can help reduce stress and stigma. Understanding the risk to yourself and people you care about can help you connect with others and make an outbreak less stressful.

Take care of your mental health

Mental health is an important part of overall health and wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It may also affect how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices during an emergency.

People with pre-existing mental health conditions or substance use disorders may be particularly vulnerable in an emergency. Mental health conditions (such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia) affect a person’s thinking, feeling, mood or behavior in a way that influences their ability to relate to others and function each day. These conditions may be situational (short-term) or long-lasting (chronic). People with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment and be aware of new or worsening symptoms. If you think you have new or worse symptoms, call your healthcare provider.

Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row. Free and confidential resources can also help you or a loved one connect with a skilled, trained counselor in your area.

Get immediate help in a crisis

UK Resources:

 

NOTE: TBG’s COVID-19 Team,  provides a comprehensive and integrated package of  COVID-19 Solutions covering Public Health, Testing and Tracing, Crisis Management, Research and Data Management, and PPE Supplies. To get access to the Team, just send an email.

 

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