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Managing Mental Health During COVID-19

Mental illness is a significant issue here in the US. Research shows that just under 20% of adults experience some form of mental illness in an average year.[1] Now with almost a year of the coronavirus under our belt, the rates continue to rise. According to a poll conducted in mid-July, 53% of Americans reported their mental health had been negatively affected by the virus. Many expressed “difficulty sleeping or eating, increases in alcohol consumption or substance use, and worsening chronic conditions, due to worry and stress over the coronavirus.[2]

 

It is more important now than ever to learn how to manage your mental health in your everyday life and in times of crisis. Keep reading for tips on how to stay mindful and practice positive thinking.

 

Tip One: Make Time for Mindfulness

 

These days people are working from home, kids are doing virtual school, and many people have goods delivered directly to their homes. Things we’ve long taken for granted like commutes to work, time home alone while the kids are at school, and even going to the store, are virtually gone.[3] Whether you think about it or not, this is typically where most adults find their solace and their space to recharge.

 

 

Now we have to be intentional about creating that space for ourselves. Everyone needs time to ground themselves. A few little things to promote mindfulness while you’re recharging could be deep breathing or mediation, coloring, listening to music, or even yoga.

 

Tip Two: Limit Multi-Tasking

I’m sure we’re all guilty of trying to multi-task, basically every day, but the point is limiting this. Research has shown that multi-tasking rarely works in the first place, and in fact, could cause more stress. So, while it may be tempting to cook dinner, fold laundry, tend to your kids, and answer a work call simultaneously, we strongly suggest some alternatives.[3]

 

 

Psychologists suggest setting achievable goals for the day and trying to focus on one thing at a time. Something a lot of us struggle with is delegation. It’s okay to let someone else handle the small stuff, like having the older kids fold the laundry, or allowing the kids a little extra playtime while you make dinner. The point is to have less stress, not more!

 

Tip 3: Practice Positive Thinking

 

Living during a pandemic, economic meltdown, and increasing political tensions may seem overwhelming, but by practicing positive thinking, you CAN overcome the stress and anxiety life has delt. Positive thinking has an almost innumerable amount of benefits, including increased immunity and better stress management.

 

 

Here are a few ways to think positively every day[4]:

  1. Reframe your experiences
  2. Read uplifting news stories
  3. Keep a gratitude journal
  4. Find joy in the little things

 

We CAN Get Through This TOGETHER!

 

If you can do all these things, you are on the right track to a mentally healthier you! COVID-19 is not the end. We WILL see the light at the end of this tunnel, but we have to do it together. Will you help us in our fight against this world-wide pandemic? COVID-19 vaccine, prevention, and treatment studies are enrolling at all Centex locations. Those who qualify and participate may receive access to the study medication and oversight from the Centex medical team at no cost. Compensation is available for study-related time and travel.

 

To sign up for more information, visit www.centexstudies.com or call 281-918-0048.

 

Reference:

[1] https://www.nami.org/mhstats

[2] https://www.kff.org/coronavirus-covid-19/issue-brief/the-implications-of-covid-19-for-mental-health-and-substance-use/

[3] https://childmind.org/article/how-mindfulness-can-help-during-covid-19/#:~:text=Make%20time%20for%20mindfulness&text=Emanuele.,for%20you%2C%E2%80%9D%20she%20recommends.

[4] https://www.cumberlandheights.org/blogs/practice-positivity/

 

 

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