Current events have been dramatic and traumatic for Utahns. While many Utahns are caring for others as emergency responders, hospital staff, school faculty, volunteers, advocates, friends, caregivers and parents, it is critical that we all take care of ourselves as well as others. Mental health in a time of crisis is of utmost importance to ensure we can go on doing the work of caring for others.
Here are a few tips and resources to keep yourself healthy of mind during coronavirus and earthquake aftermath.
Self Care Tips
- Get the facts – Use credible sources and fact check claims about coronavirus and earthquakes.
- Ask for help – Don’t be afraid to reach out to others for advice and assistance.
- Continue mental health treatments – Now is not the time to cancel or postpone psychiatric care or medications. Moving appointments to phone or video conference preserves social distancing.
- Complete your emergency preparedness – Ensuring you have a couple of extra weeks of food and medical supplies can reduce anxiety and stress.
- Practice social distancing, but stay connected – Social distancing doesn’t mean isolation. Connect and Communicate with others often by any means that doesn’t require in-person meetings or contact.
- Take breaks from reading and watching news about the pandemic – Constant vigilance can induce stress.
- Take care of your body – Eat well, meditate, exercise, get good sleep and avoid alcohol and drugs.
Self Care Resources