Coping with COVID. The resources to help give you a mental break

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – There’s concern about COVID fatigue.

Medical experts said it is okay to feel overwhelmed with everything that has happened this year. There are some suggestions on what you can do to have a mental health break.

“I would really encourage people, number one, to spend as much time outdoors. Whatever activity you’re doing, think about if there’s a way to do it outdoors It’s going to be safer and you’re going to enjoy it more. The second thing I would encourage people to do is find connections with other individuals and that can be family members or a clinician,” said Dr. Joseph Kanter with the Louisiana Department of Health.

There is a 24 hour, free, anonymous help line available. Dr. Canter said he’s used the resource. It is called the Keep Calm Hotline. The number is 1-800-310-7977 or you can text reachout to 741741.

Medical experts with Baton Rouge General are also have advice on dealing with COVID fatigue.

  • Plan a trip. Even if it’s months away, it can keep you focused on the big picture. And working toward the trip means keeping everyone healthy in the present. For some relief from COVID fatigue in the now, get out of town. There are ways to stay safe and socially distanced – like a cabin in the woods, camping or even a quick road trip.
  • Give yourself space to vent. Keep a journal (a real one, not a rant on social media) to write down your thoughts. If you haven’t already, lean on others in your “bubble.” If you’ve been working from home and helping kids virtually learn, grab drinks at an outside patio and give yourself a break.
  • Keep working on that goal you set at the beginning of quarantine. Maybe it’s working out or cooking through one of your favorite cookbooks.

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