Published on April 10, 2020

Maintain Mental & Spiritual Health during COVID-19

Behavior changes are expected with the stress a pandemic brings. You may be experiencing difficulty sleeping, forgetfulness, problems with concentration, mood swings, fatigue, excessive worry, communication problems, an increase in alcohol or drug use, eating issues, etc. It is very important during this time to take care of yourself.

How you care for yourself physically will impact your mental health.

What can you do?

  • Try to eat healthy meals
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid excessive amounts of alcohol and caffeine
  • Do not use illegal drugs
  • Get some exercise
  • Take breaks
  • Talk about how you are feeling

Remember, many of the behaviors listed above are expected responses to stress. If they begin to interfere with your physical health, relationships and/or your ability to work, it may be time to talk to a professional.

Resources

  • Behavioral Services
  • Pastoral Care
  • CredibleMind: This academic and physician-driven website created to help everyone optimize mental and spiritual health, is providing free access to materials for healthcare workers, patients and community members to help with the emotional and mental toll of COVID-19.

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