Social Distancing does not mean Social Disconnecting. In this time it is essential that we find ways to stay connected and keep the lines of true communication active. Call, Text, FaceTime, Direct Message, share positive experiences on Social Media. But above all keep talking. Listen to each other and understand each others feelings. We all deal with stress and anxiety differently and it’s important we support each other.
If you, or someone you know, needs mental health support visit: mentalhealth.gov
Millions of people suffer from varying levels of mental health issues, if you are one of those people, find someone you can talk to. If someone reaches out to you, don't dismiss their feelings, remember not everyone’s brain is wired the same way, so please take the time to listen. If they require professional help you can guide them to mentalhealth.gov
For those looking to find a self-care strategies to help decompress, below are a few tips from a Mental Health First Aid Instructor:
1. Eat healthfully to keep your body in top working order.
2. Exercise reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety, whether we’re working out at home or taking a solo jog around the neighborhood.
3. Practice relaxation therapy. Focusing on tensing and relaxing muscle groups can help you relax voluntarily when feeling overwhelmed, stressed or anxious.
4. Let light in. For some people, increased exposure to light can improve symptoms of depression. If you can, open the shades and let more sunlight in.
5. Be kind to yourself! Treat yourself with the same compassion you would a friend.
6. Stay connected. Even if you can’t get together face-to-face, you can stay connected to friends, family and neighbors with phone calls, text messages, video chats and social media. If you’re feeling lonely, sad or anxious, reach out to your social support networks. Share what you are feeling and offer to listen to friends or family members about their feelings. We are all experiencing this scary and uncertain time together.
7. Monitor media consumption. While you might want to stay up-to the minute with COVID-19 news, too much exposure can be overwhelming. Balance media consumption with other activities you enjoy, such as reading, cooking or listening to music.
WebMD has also provided 10 Relaxation Techniques to help reduce stress: CLICK HERE
Stay safe and healthy – The Cheerleaders Family