The Office of Human Resources would like to wish all of you “Happy Fall” and hopes that you and your families remain in good health! In the challenging environment we are all facing, it is crucial that each and every one of us remember the importance of caring for ourselves regularly. If we are not taking the time to care for ourselves, we will find it difficult to care for our loved ones at home, our colleagues at work, our students here at DeSales…all those who depend on our support every day. Please know that we care about each and every one of you. In that spirit, we encourage you to find some time to read the excellent information provided in The Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health resource below. This resource contains additional links that provide excellent guidance on navigating some of the challenges many of us are experiencing every day.
We will continue to provide you with resources as they become available in an effort to support and sustain you during this unprecedented time. We wish you well and continue to be available whenever you need us.
The Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health
Anxiety, Mental Health First Aid, News, Self-Care
If you are feeling overwhelmed or mentally exhausted because of the changes to our society brought on by COVID-19, you’re not alone. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted millions of Americans physically, mentally, and emotionally.
People across the country are experiencing feelings of stress and fear because of COVID-19, as well as feelings of isolation because of physical distancing requirements. Research from the Kaiser Family Foundation says 45% of adults report feelings of worry and stress related to COVID-19 have negatively impacted their mental health, and feelings of anxiety are becoming more common as people are worried about themselves or their loved ones getting sick. In fact, more than one-third of Americans have displayed clinical signs of anxiety, depression, or both since the pandemic began.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stress during a pandemic may cause:
- Fear and worry about your own health, the health of your loved ones, your financial situation, your job, or the loss of support services you rely on.
- Changes in sleep or eating patterns.
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating.
- Worsening of chronic health problems.
- Worsening of mental health conditions.
- Increased use of tobacco, and/or alcohol and other substances.
These pandemic days are impacting adults, teens, and young children differently. However, there are things you can do to care for yourself and help your loved ones take care of their mental health during this difficult time.
Use these resources to practice simple self-care strategies while at home during this difficult time:
- How to Care for Yourself While Practicing Physical Distancing
- The Importance of Maintaining a Routine While at Home
- How to Create Your Own Self-Care Plan
- How to Manage Your Mental Health When Feeling Stressed During COVID-19
Use these resources to support your loved ones who may be struggling:
- How to Help Someone with Anxiety or Depression During COVID-19
- How to Support a Loved One Going Through a Tough Time During COVID-19
- Tips to Help Teens Cope During COVID-19
- Tips to Help Children and Youth Take Care of Their Mental Health During COVID-19
Finally, if you’re experiencing overwhelming feelings of anxiety or depression, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Reach out to loved ones or a trusted peer, your primary care physician, or a mental health professional for additional support. #BeTheDifference for yourself and your loved ones during and after COVID-19.
Mental Health First Aid USA
By Rubina Kapil on July 27, 2020