It appears we are rounding the corner with COVID-19 and there is hope in sight for some return to normalcy! But the toll on our mental health has been significant and the impact will be ongoing for some time. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, in January 2021, 4 in 10 U.S. adults reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder during the pandemic. From January to June 2019, this number was 1 in 10.
This is unfortunately no surprise as people are dealing with many challenges such as job loss, loneliness, loss of a loved one, stress of at-home schooling, physical health issues, and uncertainty, to name just a few. As we continue finding our way through the pandemic, it’s more important than ever to be sure we’re taking care of our mental health.
Here are some healthy ways to cope with stress related to COVID-19:
- Take breaks from watching, reading or listening to news stories
- Take care of your body
- Make time to unwind
- Stay in touch with friends and family through phone calls or video chats
- Talk with people you trust about concerns and how you’re feeling
- Connect with your community- or faith-based organizations
If you or someone you know is experiencing issues with stress, anxiety, depression or substance use during this time, you are not alone and there are resources to help. Not sure where to start?
You can reach out to Colorado Crisis Services any time 24/7. They have a team of professionals who provide free, confidential and immediate support. Call 1-844-493-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255.
Need additional help? Contact your Colorado Physician Partners practice today.
Our practices have care coordinators who can help you achieve your health goals. They can assist you in navigating the health care system and connect you with medical and non-medical services. Learn more about care coordination.