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Mental Health Check ✔

Posted in Medshield Wellness   |   January 24th, 2021

We are all in this together but we each experience it differently. Have you checked in with yourself lately? In these uncertain times feelings of concern, stress, and anxiety are normal. Take one step at a time and try these positive coping tips. We don’t just have to survive this, we can find moments to thrive. Reach out if you need help.

Take it one step at a time

It is okay to take breaks from what you are doing. Allow yourself to slow down.

  • Take a deep breath
  • Imagine yourself in a peaceful place
  • Think about something that makes you happy
  • Laugh
  • Enjoy fresh air, get outside, go for a walk

Check-in with yourself

Allow yourself to stop and think about how you are feeling. Some questions to ask yourself are:

  • How am I feeling?
  • Do I feel like myself?
  • Am I taking care of myself?
  • Am I feeling easily frustrated?
  • Am I staying connected with others?

If you feel you may need some extra help, scroll down this page for a list of free mental health resources and supports. Positive coping strategies can also help you take care of your mental health. Try these tips below.

Take care of yourself

Take one step at a time. Small steps can make a difference. Breaking things down into smaller pieces can help.

  • Think about the small things you have done and take pride
  • Journal your thoughts and feelings
  • Unplug from social media
  • Protect yourself by following Public Health advice
  • Ask for help if needed

Support your mental, emotional, and physical health

  • Be kind to yourself
  • Create a routine
  • Move your body
  • Get outside
  • Get rest and sleep
  • Avoid using alcohol or other substances to relieve stress

Mental Health Resources and Supports

The challenges South Africans face because of COVID-19 are often experienced differently depending on our social identities.

Resources to support you and your loved ones to cope with stress and anxiety during COVID-19:

Support services

If you are a Medshield Member, review your benefits and get in touch with a medical professional, if you are battling with mental health issues.

Here are some additional helplines to store in your phone book or pass onto a friend or relative who may need it:

Cipla SADAG Mental Health Line
0800 4567 789 or WhatsApp 076 88 22 775

For a suicidal Emergency: 0800 567 567

Destiny Helpline for Youth & Students
0800 41 42 43

Department of Social Development Substance Abuse Line 24hr helpline
0800 12 13 14
SMS 32312

Find a Support Group in your area

0800 21 22 23

Source Credit : News24, Health24, Mental Health, SADAG Resources

Image Credit: Pixabay

DISCLAIMER: The information on this blog post is for educational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you are experiencing symptoms or need health advice, please consult a healthcare professional.

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