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As more sectors open up and restrictions are being relaxed, we need to still be particularly aware of the long term toll COVID-19 has taken on our mental health. Many people are still battling with the mental health repercussions of job loss, social isolation, food insecurity, and loss of loved ones. While at the beginning of the pandemic, mental health professionals saw a lull in people reaching out for mental health assistance, now there is an uptick in that number as people experience continued anxiety and depression related to COVID-19. If you are feeling overwhelmed by anxiety or other mental health concerns, here are some steps and resources you can take to overcome these feelings:
- There is concern that COVID-19 will increase postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. Good Beginnings Vermont promotes mental health awareness in new parents. They offer many virtual events as well as their Climb Out of the Darkness week of activities to help inform and help battle postpartum depression.
- Get outside. Breaking up your day with time outside can lift your spirits and give you much needed down time from life’s stressors.
- Take a break from the technology. Whether you are job searching, endlessly scrolling social media, or have the news on all day, taking a break is important for your mental health.
- Reach out to your doctor if you are feeling overwhelmed. Your doctor’s office can help connect you with a mental health professional.
If you or someone you love is having a mental health crisis please reach out to one of these sources.
- Click here for crisis lines around Vermont.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)
- Text VT to 741741 for the Crisis Text Line – Free, 24/7 and confidential.
Other ideas, tips, and resources to keep you and your family healthy, active, and informed during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Get your body moving and take a walk at lunch today.
- Salads are a great way to get more veggies and fiber in your diet and these recipes will leave you feeling satisfied and full.
- Moving your body is a great way to promote both mental and physical health.
- While you may not be able to enroll in all in person summer camps, the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum has a number of free virtual camps.
- Spend time making bubbles outside today!
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