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COVID-19 & its Affect on Mental Health

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a type of virus called a ‘coronavirus’. The novel (new) coronavirus was first discovered in China in November of 2019. In January of 2020, health and human services declared a public health emergency for the United States.

Fear and anxiety about an unknown disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in both adults and children. The COVID pandemic has brought many changes and uncertainties with it. It has altered daily routines, financial stability, and social wellness. You may worry about getting sick or how long you have to live this way and what the future will bring.

There are a lot of rumors and misconceptions going around, making you feel uncertain about certain things regarding the virus. This is why it’s important to stay practicing self-care strategies. Here are a few:

  • get at least 8 hours of sleep a night
  • eat healthy
  • stay active and don’t let your mind get lazy
  • avoid substance/drug abuse
  • limit screen time
  • even if you are isolated, stay in contact with people–it’s important.

Always remember that this pandemic isn’t going to last forever. With that in mind, try your best to stay focused on being positive and remember–self care is NOT selfish.

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