It feels like with every passing hour there’s some new anxiety-inducing headline. While it’s smart to stay up-to-date on this unfolding pandemic, it’s also smart to remember your mental health. We’re all dealing with a new reality right now. With it comes stress, fear, and changes. These can degrade your health, too. That’s why it’s important to check in with yourself.
How are you feeling today?
Understanding your emotions is the first step in balancing them.
For many of us, getting out of the house is our source of socializing. With quarantines recommended and social gatherings discouraged, it’s time to turn to our phones. Calling, texting, video chatting, or whatever way you choose to connect, will be a mood booster. Plus, it has a double benefit. Your friends or family feels connected with you and less isolated themselves. These little moments of connection should help lift your loneliness.
Stop and take a breath. Yes, we can’t predict the future and that can be scary. But remember, this isn’t going to last forever. You’re not alone in feeling anxious and there are many resources out there. Online you can find meditation and yoga classes for free right now. You can download apps such as Calm and Headspace to practice mindfulness. Try out a new hobby like baking or drawing while you’re staying inside.
Other tip: Only allow yourself a half an hour to read news, then get off your phone unless it’s for productivity or communication.
Your work life may have just changed completely overnight. You may have lost your source of income, started working from home, or can’t work from home and fear getting sick. It’s okay to acknowledge your worries. It’s even better to voice them to someone. Getting it off your chest can lessen the fear or lead to help. You can reach out to friends, family, or professionals. Many mental health professionals are still available for online or over-the-phone visits. Reach out and see.
Remember, there are people here to help. Things will get better.
For all of the above feelings, you can reach out to the Minnesota Peer Support Connection Warmline for support. Simply call 844-739-6369 between 5pm-9am any night. All calls are confidential.
There is support all around you. Anyone at any age can feel depressed. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. The sooner you get help, the better.
If you’re feeling suicidal or in crisis, please call 218-288-2100 or 844-772-4744 or text MN to 741741.
The Range Mental Health Center has also put together a great list of resources.
Get up and move. Head into the great outdoors where it’s easy to practice social distancing. Go for a hike. Our area has lots of wilderness to explore. At home, take time to stretch, dance, or do any sort of exercise you enjoy. Simply getting up and touching your toes can give your body a boost.
If you’re reading this, you’ve got access to the internet. That’s great! There are so many organizations opening up accessibility online. You can explore the Museum of Modern Art. You can virtually tour Yellowstone. You can learn new things. You can watch new things. You can read new things. Right now, more than ever before, the world is at your fingertips. Take advantage.
If you are feeling any symptoms of Coronavirus, such as fever, coughing, or difficulty breathing, please call the Fairview Range care team at 218-362-6682 or visit oncare.org.
We’re All in This Together
Your entire community is working together to keep our community safe and healthy. For more information on mental health resources in Minnesota, visit the Minnesota Department of Health.