There are ways to deal with stress, anxiety during uncertain times
by Dr. Colleen Scholar, Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics
Times are strange right now, we were so focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, but now, with protests and riots, things have become even more stressful.
Providers at Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics are seeing increasing anxiety and worsening depression in many, this is common and not unusual during these uncertain times.
We often find that there is fear and worry about your own health or that of a loved one. You may notice a change in sleep patterns, a change in eating patterns, difficulty concentrating, worsening of chronic health problems, and sometimes even an increase in the use of alcohol or tobacco. We know that everyone responds to stress differently so being aware of yourself, your friends and your loved ones' well-being during these times can help to identify the anxiety or depression and intervene.
During times of stress you and your family can take some actions to reduce these feelings:
As isolation recommendations are reduced, we encourage people to social distance but it may be a bit easier to visit and talk with friends and family across the yard than it had been on the phone or computer.
If you need help please reach out to a loved one and/or your medical provider. Please know that you are not alone and we are available to help.
Photo: Dr. Colleen Sholar
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