7 Tips for Dealing with Your Mental Health Issues
Manyelderly persons and caretakers feel alone, lonely, restless, and withdrawn during this period of physical detachment and uncertainty. People with behavioral disorders such depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and past drug addiction disorders are more likely to experience significant anxiety, substance use relapse, and suicidal ideation.
If you alreadyIf you already have a mental health illness or a substance use disorder, it is critical that you maintain communication with your counselor, therapist, or psychiatrist. Right now, telemedicine, or video or phone chat, is the safest option to schedule an appointment. The good news is that healthcare providers can cut or eliminate cost sharing for telemedicine appointments with Medicare. (Ask your provider for more information.)
It is increasingly critical to alleviate stress and anxiety. The following are seven suggestions for navigating these difficult times that we can all benefit from:
Keep yourself and your loved ones safe by staying educated and taking practical precautions. Use reliable sources such as the CDC, the World Health Organization, your local health agency, and the NCOA to gather information. Don’t get caught up in the news; it will just exacerbate whatever anxiety you may be experiencing.
Engage in healthful activities: Get 7-9 hours of sleep each night; eat a nutritious, well-balanced diet; don’t smoke; drink no more than one alcoholic drink per day or none at all, as prescribed by your doctor; and, last but not least, exercise your body and mind. Meditation, walks, and gardening are all good things to do.
Make sure you have enough prescription and over-the-counter medications to handle your mental health and other problems for at least a month. Take all of your medications exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Visit profitseeker.org if you need assistance paying for your prescription medications.
Maintain as much consistency as possible in your daily activities. Working from home, exercising indoors, caring for grandchildren, cleaning, and other everyday tasks may need the development of a new routine. Incorporate new and old activities into your everyday routine.
Maintain contact with family, friends, and other support systems (faith, hobbies, etc.). Mental health illnesses necessitate having someone to talk to about your wants and feelings. Make a daily commitment to contact at least one person to maintain a social connection by phone, email, video conferencing, and social media, if you have access to the Internet. Consider enlisting the help of a friend or family member for daily check-ins. Stay in touch with your support group over the phone or through a video platform like Zoom if you’re a member. Many organizations, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, are transitioning to internet platforms for their meetings.
Try to be as positive as possible and appreciate the little things in life. Many people from all throughout the country are assisting.
Help others by helping classmates and neighbors, as well as caring for the children of medical staff who must be in hospitals combating COVID-19, when it is safe to do so. In these unpredictable times, helping others offers us a sense of purpose and control.