Take care of your mental health.

Take Care of Your Mental HealthIt’s perfectly natural to feel anxious, stressed or frustrated when there is uncertainty in your life. For some people, that mental toll may lead to pervasive anxiety or even depression. It’s been a stressful year for some, and it’s important to know, you are not struggling alone.

Consider these lifestyle changes to help you cope and better manage your symptoms and reach out to a professional for help when needed. If your symptoms are moderate to severe, consider seeking out a mental health professional for additional support.

Here are 5 tips for how to cope during stressful times.

Stay connected.
It’s OK to turn to friends, family or health care providers for emotional or other support. Set a time each day to call or check in with your loved ones. Reach out and reconnect with old friends you’ve lost touch with. You can also write and send letters to friends and family via mail or email.

Set boundaries.
While it’s important to have up-to-date, reliable information, you should limit your time watching and reading the news if it makes you feel anxious.

Keep busy.
Take Care of Your Mental HealthFind hobbies or activities that also can help you relax. Try deep breathing, stretching or meditation. Reading books, drawing or doing puzzles can also be calming.

Be prepared.
Make sure you know what medications and medical supplies you need. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to see if it’s possible to keep extra on hand. Plan ahead, so you know what food and household supplies you need. It can be reassuring to know that you have everything on hand in case of an emergency.

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