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By LuAnn Schindler

Mental health check:

Tips for self-care during COVID-19


April 23, 2020

Between stay-at-home orders, a slowing economy and health concerns, the COVID-19 pandemic has people feeling on edge.

Diane Carlin, chief executive officer at Antelope Memorial Hospital, said everyone experiences anxiety at some point.

"We all get it," she said. "Mental health is so important in fighting this off."

Signs of stress include headaches, poor concentration, sleep difficulties and upset stomach.

Formulating and sticking to a routine may help alleviate feelings of helplessness.

Staying connected is important. Connect with friends via Facetime or other communication apps.

Practice deep breathing. Inhale five deep breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth.

Find activities that bring joy. Reading, dancing, praying or exercising increases your heart rate and bring a sense of normalcy.

Carlin suggests going for a walk when weather permits.

"Walk with two or three friends and keep six feet away from each other," she said.

Parks are off limits while directed health measures are in effect.

Carlin suggests finding someone else who may need assistance.

"Do something for someone else," she said. "Feeling needed is really important."

Individuals who feel they need help may contact the hospital.

"We're here at all times. Call. You can visit with one of our providers if the stress is becoming overwhelming or if you need to discuss your feelings or concerns with someone," Carlin said.

Resources are also available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at


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