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Q: How can I manage my stress and anxiety while I’m stuck at home?

This is an incredibly stressful time for all of us. Our lives have been turned upside down, we’re worried about older relatives and loved-ones who are at high risk, many of us have our kids at home, and we’re also coping with a lot of financial uncertainty.

First, it’s important to know that help is available. If you’re employed, many employers offer an EAP, or employee assistance program. Now is the time to make use of this resource.

Online counseling can also be an option, and some telehealth services may be covered by insurance.

The state Adult Mental Health Division offers mental health services to people who are uninsured or underinsured (call 643-2643 for screening to determine if you’re eligible). And if you or someone you know is in crisis you can call the 24-hour crisis line at 800-753-6879 to speak with a trained professional at any time, day or night.

If you need help accessing services and want to talk with someone about what programs are available for you, you can call 211 and get matched with the help you need.
Finally, don’t forget that self-care is extra important at this time. Make time to take care of your physical and mental health by washing your hands, eating healthy food, and getting some kind of exercise. Stay connected -- safely -- with friends and family, with phone calls and video chats.

If you’re feeling stressed and anxious at this time, you’re not alone. By practicing self-care and reaching out for support when you need it, you’ll be able to make it through this crisis.

David Ulin, MD
Chief Medical Director