Dealing with Negative Mental Health Impacts from the COVID-19 Pandemic

As discussed in last month’s article, the COVID-19 pandemic can have a negative impact on our mental health. If you are feeling overwhelmed with some of these issues, please contact Heart and Solutions for telehealth therapy and behavioral health intervention services (BHIS) today. Many insurance companies including BCBS, United, Medicaid, and Medicare are covering mental health telehealth sessions with no out of pocket cost to you. In addition to asking for help when we need it, there are some things we can do while isolating to help us every day.

Connecting with someone can reduce boredom, loneliness, depression, and anxiety. With today’s technology, it is easy to do this via phone, text, social media, email, and various video chat options such as Facetime, Zoom, and Skype. It is also important to remember to relax (remember our article on self-care?). This can be as simple as taking deep breaths, meditating or praying, stretching, and/or doing things that you enjoy.

Though many of us are home, things still need to get done. If these tasks are stressful, take a break, pace yourself, and add something fun to the end of a more difficult task. Reach out and express your feelings and what you are going through to someone you trust, including the team at Heart and Solutions through our telehealth option.

Try out different coping skills and find out what works best for you!

  • Keeping a journal of things you are thankful for
  • Breathing exercises
  • Coloring and/or drawing
  • Playing with slime
  • Taking a nap
  • Hugging a loved one
  • Watching a favorite TV show episode
  • Taking or looking at pictures
  • Walking
  • The options are endless!

Heart and Solutions is still open and offering telehealth sessions for both BHIS and therapy through Doxy. Doxy is a super easy program to use and can be accessed with either your smartphone or computer.If you’re interested in telehealth services and are not a current client, give us a call at 1-800-531-4236 to get set up today! Nothing is more important than your mental health!

References

SAMHSA. Taking care of your behavioral health. https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/tips-social-distancing-quarantine-isolation-031620.pdf

Written by on May 15, 2020.

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