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  • April Krowel, Ph.D., HSPP

COVID-19 and Mental Health

Did you know that alcohol sales, substance use, and suicidal ideation in have increased since March in Indiana? Makes sense, given this strange and stressful time we are living in, especially as it seems there is no end in the foreseeable future. While indulging in alcohol to take the edge off may be a relatively normal response, we must maintain limits and have other outlets for relaxation.

Feeling scared and anxious is normal but here are some questions to ask yourself that may indicate a need for additional help:

  1. Are you spending most of your time feeling worried?

  2. Are you having panic-like symptoms?

  3. Are you feeling emotionally burnt out?

  4. Are you having trouble getting out of bed in the morning due to sadness or worry?

  5. Have you started drinking more or using other substances to self-medicate?

  6. Are you thinking about ending your life? Do you have a plan to end your life?

Some ways to reduce stress without the need for psychotherapy:

  1. Turn off the news- give yourself a break from the negativity!

  2. Take a break from social media.

  3. Even if you are teleworking, get dressed in the morning as if you were headed to the office.

  4. Go outside and get some fresh air. **Bonus: Take a brisk walk, get that blood flowing, and boost endorphins!**

  5. Meditate or practice yoga.

  6. Eat a heart-healthy diet.

  7. Drink some tea.

  8. Soak in the tub.

The Brain Center is a comprehensive mental health treatment clinic, with well-qualified clinicians to provide evidence-based psychotherapy. Contact us to book an appointment if you answered yes to any of the aforementioned questions and/or feel like you are unable to cope on your own. Our therapists can help you find healthy coping for stress and improve mood and anxiety symptoms.

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