It feels like with every passing day there’s some new bad news or anxiety-inducing headline. While it’s smart to stay up-to-date on what’s happening around you and on the daily news, it’s also smart to remember your mental health. Do you know how to deal with stress in a healthy way? We can help. The first step is checking in with yourself.
So, how are you feeling today?
Understanding your emotions will help balance them.
Calling, texting, video chatting, meeting up with friends or family, or whatever way you choose to connect, will be a mood booster. Plus, it has a double benefit. Your loved ones will feel more connected with you and less isolated themselves. These little moments of togetherness should help lift your loneliness.
Stop and take a breath. Yes, we can’t predict the future and that can be scary. But remember, bad moments do not 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. You can also test out new hobbies that will keep your mind engaged.
Other tip: Only allow yourself a half an hour to read news, then get off your phone unless it’s for productivity or communication.
You may feel worried about work, family, or your health. It is okay to acknowledge your worries. It’s even better to voice them to someone. Getting it off your chest can lessen the fear and 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.
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 need suicide or mental health crisis support, or are worried about someone else, here are some options available 24/7: call or text 988 to connect with a trained crisis specialist, text Range to 741741 for a free, confidential crisis text line, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK) for free support, or go to the nearest Emergency Department.
Get up and move. Head into the great outdoors, go try a new activity, or attend a fun-sounding event. 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 have got access to the internet. That’s great! There are so many organizations you can access 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.
We’re Here to Support You
Remember, you’re surrounded by a great community with a lot of people dedicated to keeping our community safe and healthy. We have several mental health providers who are here to support you. Talk with your primary care physician for a referral or call us at 218-362-6937 for more information.