- Take time to decompress several times a day.
Adjusting to new work schedules, school closures, and disruptions in our daily routines can leave us feeling frustrated or tense. Taking time to decompress several times a day recharges our brain and relieves stress.
- Get outside. Take a walk, visit a park, hang out in your backyard.
- Unplug – turn off the news, put down the phone, shut off the computer
- Stay connected to your family, friends, neighbors.
Physical distancing does not mean we need to completely let go of our social connections. Maintaining your social support network is essential in maintaining mental health.
- Call loved ones regularly
- Participate in virtual classrooms, meetings, or church sermons
- Avoid using alcohol or drugs to cope.
- Get help if you need it.
We all need help from time to time. If you begin to feel depressed, anxious, or feel like you might harm yourself or others, reach out for help. Professionals are ready to support you through
this difficult time.
- Call 2-1-1 to connect to professional resources
- Contact the Polk County Critical Incident Stress Management Team at 515-954-0409
- If you do not feel safe at home, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233
- If you are already receiving mental health treatment or support, continue to attend your appoints – which are now available by phone or video-chat
- If you feel you might harm yourself or others, call 9-1-1 and a mobile crisis team will respond