During this time of uncertainty, many of us are experiencing high levels of stress &
anxiety. Follow these tips to help you cope during this stressful time. Also know that mental health professionals are available to help.
Avoid excessive exposure to media coverage of COVID-19.
It is important to get good information to help you prepare and respond, but don’t overwhelm yourself or your family. Get information from a trusted source. Refer to coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634). Our local health departments at www.portagehealth.net or www.kentohio.org/153/Health
Your Mental Health is important!
Keep all of your behavioral healthcare appointments. You may receive care in new ways, like over the telephone or even by video chat. Call your behavioral healthcare provider directly for more information about appointments.
Manage Coronavirus-related stress.
• Unplug from time to time to take a break from the news and social media.
• Focus on things you can control, such as practicing the recommended prevention
measures – hand washing, avoiding touching your face, staying home as
much as possible, and keeping 6 feet distance from others.
• Take time to do things you enjoy like walking outside, reading, or watching funny
movies and shows.
• Care for your body. Exercise, meditate, stretch, take deep breaths. Stick to your
sleep schedule and try to eat healthy.
• Maintain a routine. Many people are working from home now. Children are home
from school. Establish daily schedules to keep everyone grounded.
• Reach out to others. Talk to friends and families about your concerns, and be
there for others when they need someone to talk to also.
Recognize signs of distress:
Feeling hopeless or helpless.
Feelings of numbness, disbelief, anxiety or fear.
Changes in appetite, energy, and activity levels.
Difficulty sleeping or nightmares and upsetting thoughts and images.
Physical reactions, such as headaches, body pains, stomach problems, and skin rashes.
Worsening of chronic health problems.
Anger or short-temper.
Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.
Call your healthcare provider if your feelings overwhelm you for several days in a row.
Portage County Mental Health & Addiction Services Providers:
Children's Advantage: 330.296.5552
Coleman Professional Services: 330.296.3555
Family & Community Services: 330.677.4124
Townhall II: 330.678.3006