Take Control of Your Health
During these uncertain times it is normal to experience elevated stress and anxiety but there ARE things you can do to take control of your health - mental and physical. Remember that children, parents, healthcare workers and those with chronic illnesses may have additional unique challenges.
Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990
National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224
National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255
Notice Stress Response of Self and Others
Everyone reacts to stress differently, be aware of your own reactions and try giving those around you grace and patience. Stress reactions can include heightened emotions (fear, anger, frustration), changes to sleeping and eating habits (over eating, or loss of appetite), decreased focus and ability to concentrate, increased use of alcohol and other drugs.
Tools to Manage Stress
🌞 Get fresh air and sunshine as often as possible - Vitamin D boosts immune system!
🤸♀️ Physical movement - spend time daily moving your body, even gentle stretching, yoga or tai chi can give your body and mind a rejuvenating reset
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📴 Limit screen time and be intentional when you choose to consume media - an excess of television news, internet articles and social media can increase stress.
👋 Connect with others - share your experiences, thoughts and emotions with friends and family. Remember, we are all in this together!
💤 Prioritize SLEEP - your best defense mechanism is sleep. This is the time your body needs to repair, restore and build immunity. Most adults require 7-8 hours of QUALITY sleep each night.
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