• Shelly P., RN

Mental health & COVID-19, life changes

Updated: Aug 27

We live in a stressful world. Do you agree? Recent life changes can be because of COVID-19 virus or job layouts. It could be divorce, moving, relationships, work, bills or something else.

Changes in your life can trigger mental health symptoms or make it worse. If you or someone you know isn’t diagnosed with a mental health condition, life changes can trigger symptoms. If you’ve already been diagnosed and dealing with mental health, these symptoms can become worse. Symptoms can be worry, anger, sadness, being hopeless, anxiety, sadness, chest pain, trouble concentration, sleeping a lot and more. The two most important things that can help is to 1. monitor your symptoms and 2. ask for help. If you haven’t been diagnosed contact a health provider in-person, phone or video to get help. If you or someone you care about has been diagnosed, you probably need to reach your healthcare provider to discuss symptoms and get plan of action to reduce symptoms. We should all have a mental health plan to deal with stress. A “wellness plan” could be doing things that make you happy, spend time with family or friends even if it’s by video, audio social media or phone, learn a new hobby, get some exercise, eat well, relax, get some sun and sleep well. See what works for you! It’s hard to remember what to do when you’re in the middle a problem. When you have a plan and write it down, you can review it and do the things you need to feel better. Have a plan. Write it down. Review it for better mental health.

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