How To Help Your Mental Health During The Coronavirus Outbreak

There is no doubt that our lives have changed. As we prepare in Shawnee County for our “Stay At Home” order tonight and the rest of the country is practicing “Social Distancing”, how much of this is taking a toll on our mental stress.

Change can challenge your mental health, but Psychotherapist Dr. Kathryn Smerling says, “walking in nature” helps with self-healing and has been a mental-booster for her and her clients. Smerling also suggests workout videos and apps, virtual yoga sessions and Facetime parties as a way to deal with isolation. Setting a schedule, pacing yourself and setting rewards is key to dealing with such a tough time. Smerling says a lot of therapists and psychologists are offering virtual sessions to help people heal.

And remember that it is OK to be scared, worried or concerned. If you feel overwhelmed, there are many mental health facilities in Shawnee County that will take care of you. Remember, you can’t help others if you don’t help yourself first!


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