COVID-19 has affected a lot of people. Today the 20th of February 2021 there are 494,000 deaths in the United States. 61.3 million have been vaccinated

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us. It is natural to feel stressed and anxious during stressful situations during this pandemic but you need to be aware that if you feel incapacitated or that you are able to manage your stress you need to seek mental health care. 

Many people are facing multiple challenges that can be overwhelming. There’s increased stress. Adults and children are both affected by overwhelming emotions. Social isolation occurs due to social distancing but results in increased anxiety.

Symptoms of stress due to COVID-19 can worsen chronic health issues. It can also worsen mental health conditions. Some people have increased use of alcohol or illicit substances. Due to anxiety people may. Smoke more cigarettes. There are feelings of sadness and worry. People may feel frustrated. Some may feel angry. Many are fearful due to the COVID-19 virus. Appetite changes can be affected. Some people are losing interest in once pleasurable activities. Some have difficulty making decisions and become ambivalent. Some may develop nightmares or sleeping problems. Many react physically due to anxiety that Can result in headaches, itching in the skin, gastrointestinal issues, and chronic pain.

Positive ways to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic is to have regular self-care by using meditation, yoga, stretching. Increase your physical activity. Make sure that you eat a well-balanced meal regularly. Follow the steps for sleep hygiene. Avoid or abstain from tobacco, alcohol, or illicit substance use. Make sure you follow up with your primary care for preventative measures and follow the recommendation of the CDC with regards to the COVID-19 vaccination when it is available.

Make sure you connect with others by calling your friends and family. Use your spiritual pillar by connecting with a faith-based organization or doing meditation. If you are struggling to cope call your healthcare provider, mental health provider. If you have thoughts of suicide or homicide make sure you contact the national suicide prevention hotline.

If you feel overwhelmed and unable to cope, click on this link to make an appointment