Keeping you and your relationships healthy during the COVID-19 Crisis. With the coronavirus pandemic changing the way we live and creating unprecedented challenges in our day-to-day lives. Are you feeling depressed or bored? If so, you are not alone. Spending day after day in the same place can make anyone a little stir-crazy.
Our usual opportunities for socializing, date nights, romantic breaks away and hobbies enjoyed outside of the house are out of the question at the moment. Social distancing has changed the way we live, but it doesn’t have to change our friendships, romantic relationships or skill development.
It is essential to do every possible bit to maintain your physical as well as emotional wellbeing. This, in turn, will help you to have a positive mindset.
One way to boost your mental health is to find ways to keep your mind occupied. Have you ever wanted to learn a new language, play an instrument or learn another new skill? Learning a new skill will improve your mental health and expand your mind.
With everyone’s schedule changed it’s important to establish and maintain some kind of a routine. Chris Kraft PhD recommends sticking to regular sleep hours, waking up on time, making the bed and getting dressed each day.
Self-care is essential. Intentionally carving out time for yourself is as important as taking some time out away from each other.
Even the most robust couples may be going through a rough patch right now - for various reasons. A considerable number of people are facing unemployment and financial instability as a result of COVID-19, while others are having to work from home alongside their partners.
Remember that everyone experiences stress differently. We’re all coping in different ways and no one way is right or wrong, as long as it is respectful of other people’s needs and feelings.
Talking with the people you are with about your stress levels and coping styles can help set expectations and alleviate conflict. Also, try to make time to talk virtually with friends or loved ones who aren’t physically with you.
Try to stay on the same team when life gets hectic and stressful. Realizing when the other is going through a hard time and cutting them some slack is fundamental to showing you are there for them, through good times and bad.
Expect that conflict will happen. As long as everyone approaches the conflict with mutual respect, it can be a good opportunity to better understand what the people around you need. Take the time to listen to your partner’s point of view. Try to approach conflict with an attitude that you are working with the other person toward a solution, rather than against each other. Be forgiving of your partner and yourself.
Exercising outdoors together can be a powerful way to reduce stress and strengthen positive connections.
Find time to celebrate the people you are with in big and small ways. Whether that means planning a virtual birthday party, asking interesting questions about their new hobby or thanking them for doing the dishes, helping each other feel supported and celebrated goes a long way.
Whatever the case is in your life, be assured that this is a temporary phase. So, be kind to each other and yourself and remember this too shall pass.
Telemedicine. One of the challenging aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic is that social distancing and stay-at-home orders have made it more difficult to have a face-to-face meeting with your doctor.
For many physicians and patients, the remedy is increasingly telemedicine: the ability to remotely connect with a health care provider in real-time, often over video and sometimes via telephone, email or the on-line patient portal.Telemedicine or telehealth are terms that are often used interchangeably.
Here are some common steps and tips to prepare for such a virtual visit.
Be sure you are tech-ready. You will need a decent smartphone, tablet or PC along with a reliable connection to the internet, especially for video.
Check your insurance to be sure telemedicine sessions are covered.
Make an appointment. The office may have you download an app, and will email or text you a link to click on about 10 minutes before your designated appointment time.
Have a pad and pencil handy.
Make a list of your problems and questions to prepare for your virtual visit.
Have any recent test or lab results available.
Practice good security. Ask your medical provider about the steps taken to ensure your privacy.
Be prepared to wait. You may be placed in a digital waiting room before the session with your doctor begins.
Meet Your Schuylkill County Episcopal Health Advocate (SCEHA) - Cathy Clouser. Cathy is a Schuylkill County girl, the fifth in a family of six children. Her husband of 23 years, Kevin is employed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Together they have two children, Stone, 19, and Maiya, 17. Cathy and her family are very involved in their church, the Barry Salem United Methodist Church. She likes spending time with her family and friends, attending her children’s sporting events, being outside in the warm weather and reading. Cathy will start her new position on January 4, 2021 and is very excited to meet you all. You can reach her at 570-621-3220.