Coping with Your Emotions During COVID-19 Pandemic

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has presented people around the world with scenarios that require extreme measures. As a larger community, we are doing our part to help curtail its effects; remote working and learning, staying home and social distancing when a trip outside the home is required all play a part in reducing its spread. While we have the drive to do what’s necessary to physically limit contact, we must use that same sense of purpose to stay connected to each other in alternative ways to secure our mental and emotional health.

During this time in which uncertainty is a constant, it can be difficult to stay in tune with our senses of security and joy. Making our best efforts to take charge of the things we can control becomes paramount for our overall health and well-being.

Here are few tips to help in these days of social distancing:

  • Limit your exposure to the news
  • If you’re not using the latest technology, call your grandkids or kids and have them walk you through it
  • Watch videos online: crafting how-to’s, virtual tours of zoos and museums, Broadway shows and much more are readily available
  • Try a new hobby or pick up an old one you now have time for
  • Keep your mind sharp by doing puzzles, crosswords and playing card games
  • Go for a walk and look for signs of spring, keeping six feet from others
  • Reminisce about good times; your family has more time to enjoy and appreciate your stories
  • Remember that you have gotten through tough times in the past, and you will again
  • Interested in taking care of health care workers by making masks? Visit www.midmichigan.org/covid/giving for details

It is important to increase connections and enhance social support. There are many resources in our communities to help you with food, financial and health needs.

Some resources:

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. Feeling afraid or sad right now is normal. If you are losing sleep, feeling overly anxious and depressed, please reach out to us. We have staff available to help answer community questions Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The hotline can be reached toll-free at (800) 445-7356 or (989) 794-7600. In Alpena call Behavioral Health Services at (989) 356-7242, Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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