With a global pandemic sweeping the nation, it is more important now than ever to talk about mental health. Almost overnight the coronavirus outbreak has changed every aspect of the American life, leaving many feeling isolated and alone.

According to a recent KFF poll, in July 53% of U.S adults reported that stress due to the coronavirus pandemic has had a negative effect on their mental health, up from 38% in May. The same poll found that 40% of adults 18 and over reported symptoms of anxiety and depression, with younger adults, women and minorities more heavily affected. Please know that you’re not alone in your feelings and there are ways to get through this together. Root Care Health is here for you. 

4 Easy Ways to Manage Stress and Anxiety 

1. Take a break

Disconnect, go for a walk, take deep breaths in and out. There is nothing more pressing or important than your mental health. The worst thing is to keep pushing when you’re already past your limit.

2. Set up a relaxing atmosphere

Light some candles, diffuse essential oils, put relaxing music on. Pay attention to the way you set up your environment. Lighting and scent can be a quick way to change your mood.

3. Do good by your body 

Eat a healthy comforting meal, exercise, stretch. When your physical is taken care of, your mind will follow.

4. Write it out

Journal every thought you have, doesn’t have to be in complete sentences, doesn’t have to make sense. This is your chance to feel your feelings, express them and then move on. 

Stress and anxiety are all normal human reactions and feelings. With the right tools under your belt, it can be manageable. Remember to practice these self coping techniques the next time you feel overwhelmed. If you are still struggling, please consider seeking out professional help. Talking to a therapist can dramatically reduce stress and anxiety as well as improve your overall mental health. 


For more info on coping with COVID related to stress go to CDC