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Managing Stress During Coronavirus

The coronavirus outbreak is sending shockwaves across the world, disrupting everything from health, to education, to finances and food security. Many of us are navigating completely unfamiliar territory, which can feel really scary and negatively impact our mental well-being. As our knowledge about this pandemic continues to grow, it is important that you continue to take care of yourself during this time. Consider these tips to help maintain your mental well-being:

Unplug: Take a technology break from the news coverage, and social media posts about the virus. News stories, articles, blog posts, and social media posts all seem to be solely focused on coronavirus right now. There is a fine line between being up to date on what is going on and information overload. If you find yourself constantly checking your phone for updates, or unable to turn off the news, it may be time for a technology break.

Check-In: Connection is a basic human need. Spending time with friends and family can be challenging during a time of social distancing. Check-in with loved ones using a virtual hang out to do activities you love together. This will give your mind a break while keeping you active and connected.

Create Routines: Our normal lives consist of schedules and routines. With school closures, remote working, and social distancing, it can be hard to feel a sense of normalcy. Create a daily schedule to keep your mind and body active.

Practice Self-Care: Stress puts a strain on our brains and bodies. Take care of you by engaging in activities that you find healing, and re-energizing. Self-care looks different for everyone. If you aren't sure where to start here are some suggested methods: spend time alone or with loved ones, exercise, stretch, journal, go into nature, create something, listen to music, try something new.

If you find yourself or someone you know in need of additional support during this difficult time contact:

  • 211.org: Comprehensive resource database that connects you to specialists in your area to find the services and support for your specific needs.
  • SAMHSA's Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990: 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.
  • Crisis Text Line: text "club" to 741741: 24/7, 365 day-a-year, national text line dedicated to providing immediate crisis text support for people who are experiencing emotional distress.
  • For Human Resources support and resources related to the Coronavirus please contact the 501c Services HR Hotline at 800-442-4867.

Written by Kate Endries, MSW, licensed social worker and BGCA Health & Wellness Director.

This article was republished with permission and originally appeared at Boys & Girls Clubs of America Club Experience Blog.

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