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It’s OK to Not Be OK: Self-Care for Mental Health During the COVID-19 Crisis

By Wendy Stine on April, 28 2020


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So, we’re just about a month in to this whole shelter in place situation, and the timeline for a return to regularly scheduled programming has been pushed out again. Any hope of a cozy and calm quarantine has faded, and we’re figuring out that there are challenges on top of challenges when it comes to maintaining mental health during COVID-19.

Sure, staying at home in our sweats with our family of choice sounded good in the beginning. Now, reality has set in and the rally cries are losing steam: “I’ll clean out all my closets!” and “I’m going to work out every day” have turned into “What’s new on Netflix?” But guess what? That’s OK. 

This is not the time to beat ourselves up with that old familiar voice that tells us we need to do everything perfectly. The reality is, we don’t. We just have to show up every day and do the best we can in every moment. 

One day, your best might be getting up and putting on clean clothes. You can feed the cat. Do a work call even if you don’t have a zippy attitude and can’t muster the energy to fake it. Just do what you can, and you’ll get through it one day at a time. It’s OK.  

This won’t last forever. Not much does. So, press on; eat chocolate, or call an old friend that makes you laugh. Do what you can. If today doesn’t feel OK, tomorrow, it just might be. 

If feelings of lasting depression or thoughts of self-harm are present, there are people that can help immediately. Please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 for emergency help. 

Or, if you find yourself turning to substances to cope, contact us for help finding a healthier coping mechanism.

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