May is Mental Health Month

Article By Alyssa Mielke

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the City of Rocklin is sharing tips from the organization Mental Health America.

While there is a light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel as more and more people are vaccinated, coronavirus has affected everyone in some way. Daily life has been disrupted due to stay at home orders, social distancing, and business closures. It is normal to feel worry and stress during a time of crisis, and paying attention to mental health can help people better cope with the situation. 

Your Concerns Are Valid
The things many people may be worried about have merit. Getting sick, being concerned about loved ones’ health, feelings of isolation, and the financial stress related to this crisis are also valid concerns. 

Realize What You Can Control
There are still a number of things people can control and focusing on those things can provide peace of mind. Most of us can decide to control our diet and exercise, our immediate environment, the amount and type of news and information consumed. We can also prepare for tasks and assignments, eat healthy, stay physically active and make responsible choices.

Tips for Managing Anxiety
Feeling worried and stressed in difficult times is normal. Experiencing anxiety is your body’s exaggerated response to worry and tension. Common symptoms of anxiety can include uncontrollable worry, digestive problems, trouble with concentration, an increased heart rate, difficulty sleeping, irritability, and changes in energy. Meditating, exercising, and deep breathing can all help to reduce anxiety, in addition to staying in touch with loved ones through phone calls, video chats, outside visits or fully vaccinated gatherings!

If these steps to manage worry and anxiety don’t seem to be helping, there are crisis counselors available 24/7 at 1-800-985-5990 who can offer support.

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