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How Can We Have Better Mental Health During COVID-19?
Author: Ali Crandall, PhD, Public Health, BYU
Mental Health and Family Health

The Problem

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Burnout
  • Worsening mental health symptoms
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Stress and Worry
  • Loneliness

Many people feel isolated and restrained during COVID-19. As the weather turns colder and the hours of sunlight decrease, it is also natural for feelings of anxiety, depression, and other emotional concerns to increase.

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What Can I do?
1. Prioritize your physical and mental health.
A 10-minute walk, mindful meditation, and yoga can do wonders for improving your emotional health and feelings of fatigue. Participate in regular exercise, eat well, and get enough sleep.
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2. Be aware of others around you.
Check in with your friends, neighbors and loved ones frequently and genuinely ask how they’re doing. If you’re worried about your loved one’s wellbeing, there are many mental health resources available such as NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness: https://www.nami.org/) and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255). If you’re worried that your loved one may be at immediate risk for hurting themselves, call 911.
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3. Engage in safe social activities.
We need each other. Th ere are social things that we can still do in safe ways. Just remember to wear a mask, stay 6-feet apart, wash your hands, and ask your contacts to do the same. Go on a walk or meet with friends at a park, or look for well-ventilated indoor spaces where you can physically distance and wear your masks.
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4. Seek professional assistance when needed
We all need help from time to time. If you or a loved one are in need of guidance regarding your mental health and well-being, find a professional by asking your doctor, using online resources such as fi ndatherapist.com or asking trusted friends and family for a referral.
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