Mental Health and Wellness
March 30, 2020
During these tough times, it is of the utmost importance that we are all focusing on ourselves and our well-being—emotionally, physically, and mentally.
Intelligent Partnerships believes that overall health is integral to the success of our community, and we want to provide you with some information and resources to help you get through the COVID-19 emergency.
REMEMBER: SOCIAL DISTANCING DOES NOT MEAN SOCIAL ISOLATION.
WAYS TO STAY HEALTHY DURING SOCIAL ISOLATION
1. KEEP A ROUTINE
Make a schedule of your day and keep to it as much as possible.
2. PRACTICE SELF CARE
In any event, exercising your mind and body is integral to maintaining a healthy lifestyle during social distancing. Here are some suggestions:
Take an Online Course
Learn a New Language
Pick up a New Hobby (i.e., drawing, cooking, origami, crossword puzzles)
Most importantly: Exercise.
3. GO OUTSIDE
Ensure that you're following all social distancing and PPE guidelines in your area. Take a walk in your neighborhood or work in your yard (if you have one). Vitamin D is important for a healthy immune system.
4. TALK TO YOUR FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES
Use FaceTime, Instagram, Skype, Facebook Messenger, Zoom, or any app that allows you to have a virtual face-to-face time with people. If you don't have the ability to video chat, call your friends and family. Remember, we are all in this together. You can even watch Netflix with your friends via a Chrome browser extension. No matter how you chose to socialize during social distancing, make sure you are not isolating yourself.
5. MAINTAIN A HEALTHY DIET
Try to eat a meal times and not out of boredom. Eat as many fruits and vegetables as you can. Immune-boosting foods include: citrus, bell peppers, garlic, and yogurt.
6. GET 8 HOURS OF SLEEP
It is important not to stress your immune system. Sleep is a great way to restore our bodies and our immune systems.
7. HELP OTHERS
If you find yourself wanting to help out, but you don't know how, there are opportunities to volunteer with the United Nations or with the Crisis Text Line.
8. CATCH A MUSICAL PERFORMANCE
Tons of artists are livestreaming performances to help their fans through social distancing. Billboard has compiled a list of these shows and continuously updates the list.
Mental Health and Wellness Update
May 29, 2020
Many of us have been home, adapting to staying in and figuring out how to work and live within our new parameters. We’ve become expert cooks, teachers, puzzlers, videogamers, etc.
And now, as our nation continues to reopen incrementally, we must determine how and when we will join the new normal. At Intelligent Partnerships, we remain committed to providing you with resources to get you through this continued time of national crisis.
TAKE STOCK OF YOUR MENTAL STATE
How are you Feeling?
If you’re not feeling quite yourself, you’re not alone. Almost half of adults in the United States say that the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected their mental state. Social isolation, loss, anxiety, and feelings of instability are all common.
If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, please call: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.8255 or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org
PsychHub has partnered with a number of mental health organizations to create a free resource hub. If you would like to talk to a mental health professional, consult with your health insurance company to find one. If you do not have health insurance, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) can help you find resources to help you. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) offer another list of resources.
PRACTICE SELF CARE
In any event, exercising your mind and body is integral to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, especially in the aftermath of a pandemic.
WebMD suggests that people:
Try to eat and sleep well.
Try to stay socially connected, even if you can’t see others in person.
Limit news and social media.
Here is a list of apps that can help you practice self-care right from your phone.
WHEN YOU GO OUTSIDE, MAKE SURE YOU ARE COMFORTABLE
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) advises that one of the best ways to ease worry and anxiety is to take action.
If you are worried about getting COVID-19 when you leave your house, wear a mask and gloves and carry hand sanitizer. Make sure that you continue to practice social distancing. Follow all CDC Guidelines.
The ADAA also recommends engaging in stress reduction activities, such as:
A Gratitude Journal
TRY TO REMAIN POSITIVE
The Mental Health Match suggests using positive affirmations to help shift negative thinking patterns.
Here are some that they recommend:
“I will not stress over things I cannot control.”
“It’s okay that yesterday felt like a hard day.”
“All of my feelings are okay.”
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