Pondworks Guidelines For Helping Deal With COVID-19 In Austin, Texas And Beyond
As the cases of Coronavirus continue to rise around the world, there are many issues we are facing. It’s not only about canceled events or delays in our lives. We see struggling local and small-business owners, employees not getting their paychecks due to lack of demand and closures. Families are in crisis and stressed because their financial stability is eroding. So we wanted to provide some guidelines for COVID-19 for our Austin community.
We are observing that many are being emotionally and mentally affected, and now more than ever, we need the proper resources and support to deal with the negative emotions caused by this pandemic. We are starting to see more impact by mental health issues revolving around the COVID-19 virus.
Your Change of Plans During COVID-19
There are so many things that we can all do to support ourselves while dealing with the sense of powerlessness and disappointment brought by this outbreak. Here are some guidelines for COVID-19 for you to implement into your daily routines.
According to the CDC (Center For Disease Control), here are some of the highest-ranked ways to minimize stress in our lives:
- Take frequent breaks from news stories and alerts.
- Take care of your body! Eat well, move frequently, meditate, and, most importantly, breathe!
- Take the time to relax. What activities do you enjoy? Can you do them as often as you can?
- Connect with friends, family, and neighbors. Chatting with people, while practicing social distancing, and keeping a good outlook on the situation at hand can be useful for your mental health as well as the other persons.
- Remember that you can cancel and reschedule some events. If you have events that cannot move, think about your future. Your situation may prevent you from doing what you have planned for now, but you will be able to get back to a sense of routine if you take precautions now.
Take BIG steps to protect your emotional health, here are some guidelines for COVID-19
- Contact our office here in Austin, or your healthcare provider of choice if nad when your stress gets in the way of your day to day life.
- Protect and educate yourself from the 24/7 stream of information most of us are receiving every day in our email, newsfeeds, and TV. Shielding ourselves from the outside world is not okay. It is essential to protect ourselves and those around us who are most vulnerable. It is a critical distinction that avoidance is different than caring for yourself.
- When you share accurate, helpful information about COVID-19, you can help make people feel less stressed and more connected to them — but don’t overdo it! Be mindful of the information you’re sharing and whether it’s factual, from a trusted source, and helpful to whomever you’re sharing.
- Taking care of your emotional health by learning from reputable sources and teach your children. Leading by example is one of the best ways your children can learn from you.
- Younger individuals react to what they see from the more mature around them. You can provide the best support for your children when you deal with COVID-19 calmly and confidently.
Learning how best to support others around you with COVID-19
- Talk with your loved ones about the COVID-19 outbreak. It is essential to use an informed approach when speaking, not letting emotions rule the conversation. These tips can help you to talk to your children about the outbreak if you’re a parent.
- Let the elderly and children that they are safe. Reassure them that it is okay and natural to feel worried or upset. Keep loved ones safe by following public health guidelines and, at the same time, reassure them.
- Keep to your regular routines. If you have children at home due to school closures and you’re working from home, this might be of great use to you.
- Be a virtual and in-person role model for those around you.
If You are a first responder, community worker, or therapist, here are some mental health guidelines for You.
Helping others by providing some guidelines for COVID-19 can take a heavy emotional toll on many of us.
Here are a few things we can do to reduce traumatic stress, including:
- This outbreak is a traumatic event and acknowledging that it can impact anyone helping in the community with families or victims
- Learn all the potential symptoms of COVID-19
- Have a list of self-care activities that you enjoy (or create one) and have things that you know will help you de-stress
- Take a break from discussing the pandemic and take a break from the 24/7 news cycle too.
- It’s okay to ask for help if you feel vulnerable, overwhelmed, and concerned. You are not alone.
An Unprecedented Level of Disruption
As we face this as a global community, we are experiencing an unprecedented level of disruption to our lives and livelihoods. Educating yourself and staying calm will make a real difference in your life and the lives of others.
Pondworks has gone virtual and is ready to serve you remotely. We have successfully helped many so far with this, and intend to keep on improving here in Austin, and to the state of Texas, and the whole country, as we provide the mental health help virtually. Visit – https://www.pondworkspsychiatry.com/schedule-an-initial-evaluation/
Keeping things in perspective and knowing that others have a significant impact to a far greater extent will help you focus on what’s at hand. Gratitude for what you do have helps in many ways to be appreciative. Meanwhile, stay positive, focused on self-care, and committed to helping others so that they can take care of themselves. Remember we at Pondworks are always available to help too. Please reach out at any point in time, and we are here to help.