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Aug 23

Coping with stress and the new COVID-19 variant

Posted on August 23, 2021 at 9:29 pm by Clay Curtin

Feeling overwhelmed? You are not alone. It is important to know how to manage stress for your health and overall well-being as keeping physically healthy. This pandemic may be affecting your mental health causing stressors related to paying bills or fear of catching the variant. Several professional and practical resources are available to help manage and cope with emotional and mental health.

The California Surgeon General published a stress relief guide with things you can do every day, at home, to help support your mental and physical health, utilizing six key strategies:  

  • Maintain supportive relationships
  • Engage in physical activity  
  • Get sufficient, high-quality sleep
  • Ensure you get proper nutrition 
  • Get mental health support
  • Practice mindfulness, for example meditation, yoga or prayer

There are many local mental health resources available for coping with stress and mental health during this time of COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are in need of information, resources, an assessment and referral for mental health or substance use services call 2-1-1 or the BHRS Access Call Center: 1-800-686-0101, TDD: 1-800-943-2833