Just Breathe: How to Manage Your Mental Health During a Global Crisis

Just Breathe: How to Manage Your Mental Health During a Global Crisis

It feels as though the entire world is on fire. Every day exhausts us as if a week has passed. The news isn’t slowing down. The… Stop. Breathe in. Breathe out. [Repeat as many times as needed] Yes, we are living through history right now. A crisis of global proportions is leaving many of us fearful, uncertain, stressed, and overwhelmed. And that’s OK. It’s OK to feel however you are feeling right at this moment. But there are also things we all can—and should—do to maintain our own mental wellness. We spoke to Zaneta Evans, program manager of healthy living for the Mental Health Center of Denver, and culled some ideas from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to create this list of recommendations for how to manage your mental health during a time of heightened anxiety. We hope these tips help you now, when we’re all cooped up unsure of when we’ll head back outside into a new normal, and in the future. • TAKE A BREATHER. Whether you’re working from home, trying to figure out where your next paycheck is coming from, or are concerned about an older relative, there’s a lot to think about right now. It’s important to take a moment to turn it all off every once in a while. “Take a step back and count to 10 or try to slow things down,” Evans says. Take deep breaths. If your stomach is in knots, focus on it while you ...
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