Caring for Your Mental Health During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Infectious disease outbreaks, like the seasonal flu epidemics and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) can be alarming and cause mental distress and affect our general health. While it is important to stay abreast of the current situation at hand, there are many measures we can undertake to diminish the barrage of information during these uncertain times.
It is imperative to avoid unsound advice by researching the counseling provided by the CDC, state and local health officials. With new cases of Coronavirus popping up daily across the country, it can be easy to worry that a cough or sudden sickness could be Coronavirus, but doctors say not to panic. You need to take precautions, there is no rationale for overreacting. There is a middle ground.
Make Good Choices
Practicing good hand washing and cough hygiene can help reduce the spread of germs, as well as avoiding crowded places and handshakes with people. If you’re worried about your symptoms, our physicians, practicing at Bonum Health, are specifically trained to assess and currently provide specialized viral treatment of patients presenting with the myriad of symptoms ranging from flu, corona virus, and common infectious ailments.
Within the subset of specialties offered by Bonum Health one of the most prominent is behavioral and mental health services. Telepsychology is one in a series of disciplines provided through telemedicine; it involves providing a range of services including psychological evaluations, crisis intervention, therapy, addiction treatment, patient education and medication management.
During such times of physical and mental insecurity, self-isolation, and anxiety; Bonum Health in conjunction with DelivMeds has designed an innovative approach to facilitate access to timely evaluation, consultation and treatment under the circumstances we now face. The added benefit of DelivMeds permits the patient to remain at home and receive their prescribed medications with free delivery services through an independent pharmacy.
By keeping things in a positive frame of reference and diminishing worry and agitation through self-education, anxieties can be ameliorated. Lessening the time spent watching or listening to upsetting media coverage by can be substituted by taking a walk or engaging in alternative activities refocusing your concerns. Although you’ll want to keep informed, especially if you have loved ones in affected states or countries, always take a break from watching the news and focus on the things that are positive in your life and the things you have control over. Stay healthy by adopting hygienic habits such as washing your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; frequently, and certainly after sneezing as well as before and after touching your face or a sick person. Most importantly, individuals who feel overwhelming worry or anxiety help is closer than it has ever been through the advent of Telemedicine.