Those who are suffering from mental health issues may be experiencing an increase in stress during this global pandemic. Worry and fear of the unknown can be overwhelmingly difficult to cope with. Know that what you are experiencing and going through can be common. There are a few behaviors to look out for or monitor to see if you or a loved one is dealing with stress in an unhealthy way.
Physical behaviors of stress:
- Changes in sleep patterns or difficulty sleeping
- Increase in alcohol or tobacco use
- Fear and worry about your wellbeing
- Changes in eating patterns
- Chronic health problems worsening
- Mental health conditions worsening
Knowing what to look for and learning different ways to address this stress can help with your overall emotional health.
A few points for coping:
- Know how and when to get treatment
- Take breaks from listening or reading about what is happening with the pandemic
- Connect with others
- If you are not comfortable with participating in social activities now, look into creating a virtual hangout with friends and family
- Take time to unwind and relax by doing other activities you love
- Take care of your body
- Eat well-balanced meals
Knowing the facts and taking action can help to reduce your increased stress at this time. If you or a loved one is experiencing an unhealthy bout of stress, talk to a medical professional. Work with a doctor to find a treatment program that is right for you.