Since mid-March, the everyday lives of most people in northeastern Oklahoma has changed drastically. With the outbreak of COVID-19 Coronavirus, much of the focus has been on protecting our physical health. However, this event has also lead to psychological or emotional issues like stress, anxiety and panic. Symptoms of these concerns may include:
- Anger or irritability
- Sadness or depression
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Loss of concentration
- Trouble sleeping
- Appetite changes
- Increased use of alcohol or other substances
These emotions can be challenging for both adults and children. Those with preexisting mental health conditions may notice worsened symptoms during this time. These individuals should continue with their treatments as usual.
Taking care of your mental health during the coronavirus pandemic is crucial. Things you can do to support yourself include:
- Taking breaks from the news and social media.
- Taking care of your body: eat, sleep, stretch, exercise and meditate.
- Making time to unwind. Participate in some activities you enjoy while practicing social distancing.
- Connecting with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
Utica Park Clinic (UPC) health care providers have assisted many patients with mental health concerns and they may be able to help you, too. They can meet with you privately to help assess your needs and determine what psychological, social or financial challenges you may be facing. To maintain social distancing, appointments can take place via online video visits. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 918-579-DOCS (3627).