Tips to cope with mental health struggles during this pandemic

SPOKANE, Wash.– COVID-19 is changing everything. Our schools, our jobs and our families.

That takes a toll on your mental health.

“Everybody’s world has changed and that brings different stressors,” Dr. Sarah Oslund of the VA Medical Center said.

You don’t have to be infected with COVID-19 to feel like your life is out of whack.

We’re all facing new obstacles every day.

But, that’s why it’s more important than ever to create some structure in your life.

MultiCare’s Samantha Clark offered some tips to help you cope with mental health struggles during these difficult times.

  • Create a routine
  • Wake up and go to sleep at the same time everyday
  • Eat regular, healthy meals each day
  • Use technology to talk to loved ones daily
  • Go outside and refresh your mind

This is also a difficult time for those struggling with addictions.

People can’t distract themselves with a workout at the gym or a hug from a loved one.

That’s why technology is so important.

“The ability to use apps allows you at your fingertips to have personalized coaching and guided therapy,” Clark said.

You can utilize some of those resources through MultiCare and Providence Health.

They’re providing those virtual resources to make it easier for you to get the help you need at home.

They’re also trying to provide cell phones for the homeless community, so they can have access to those resources, too.

No matter who you are, it’s important to remember this is all just temporary.

“We will get through this, this is a temporary situation,” Clark said. “There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, so you should have hope.”

The National Suicide Prevention Line is available for you 24/7 if you need help or just someone to talk to.

That number is 1-800-273-8255.

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