Taking Care during COVID-19
Today’s message includes tips on taking care of yourself and checking on others during the pandemic. This includes guidance on taking care of yourself and checking on others.
TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF
This information and more can be found on our Managing Stress and Anxiety page.
Day-to-day activities and responsibilities look a lot different right now. With routines interrupted and increased isolation, it is easy to forget how important it is to take care of yourself.
Fear and anxiety are normal reactions to the stressful situations we all find ourselves in. Make self-care and healthy habits a part of your new routine to help keep you and your family safe.
HEALTHY COPING PRACTICES
- Know when to take a break
- Take a break from the news and social media.
- Starting to feel overwhelmed? Take a few minutes to practice mindfulness and reset.
- Feeling angry or annoyed with a loved one or pet? Take some time to “cool down” and reset. It’s okay to take a break in another room or let them know you need some time alone.
- Stay Well
- Eat Healthy
- Get enough sleep
- Continue taking medications and vitamins as prescribed
- Avoid alcohol, gambling to escape, and drugs
- Relieve stress with healthier activities
- Take a walk or participate in an online exercise class
- Draw, paint, or craft
- Call or video chat with a friend
- Watch your favorite movie
- Take a nap or a bath
- Meditate or practice mindfulness
- Spend some time with your pet
- Spend time in an outdoor space (while physically distancing)
- Read a book
- Play games with the people in your house or host an online game night
- Know when it’s time to get help
- Sometimes anxiety and stress are too overwhelming and we need a little help.
For Parents, Guardians and Caregivers
This is a stressful time for you and your kids. Here are few things to help:
- Stay calm and be patient.
- Let them know you are taking steps to keep them safe.
- Talk to children about what is happening in a way they can understand. Keep it simple and appropriate to the child’s age.
- Give children opportunities to talk about what they are experiencing, share their concerns, and ask questions.
- Encourage them to share through playing, drawing, or writing down how they are feeling.
- Help children find age appropriate actions they can take related to the event. For example, have them help an older family member or friend feel connected through a phone call or virtual video call (FaceTime, Skype).
- Consistent routines and schedules, such as bedtime, teeth brushing, and mealtimes, can give children comfort.
- Remember that you and your children need a break. Being at home is a stressful change and can cause anxiety or irritation for both of you. It’s okay to take a break and spend some time alone or time “cooling down”.
CHECKING ON THOSE YOU WORRY ABOUT
With increased isolation and more time at home, some of our most vulnerable need a helping hand. With schools out and most businesses closed, many have fewer people that are checking on them or that are able to get them help.
Continue to check on anyone that you suspect might be in danger of abuse or neglect. Call, text, or check on them through virtual platforms like social media. If they are in danger or need help, connect them with appropriate resources or emergency services. Mandatory reporting laws are still in effect and require action.
SOME RESOURCES AND REPORTING LINES INCLUDE:
- Call 911 if someone is immediate danger or if there is another emergency.
- Lincoln County Non-emergency Line: 541-265-0777
- My Safe Place 24-hour Hope Line (formally My Sisters’ Place):541-994-5959
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
- Child Abuse Hotline: 1-855-503-7233
- Lincoln County Mental Health Crisis line (talk with a counselor for free): 866-266-0288
- YouthLine: 877-968-8491 or text “teen2teen” to 839863
- Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255
- National Suicide Prevention Hotlines: 800-273-8255
- The Trevor Project (LGBTQ+ Support): 1-866-488-7386
- Oregon Wellness Program Support for Oregon Healthcare Professionals
- OMA Healthcare and Provider Support and Resources
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