COVID-9 has introduced much uncertainty and anxiety into our daily lives as we navigate our new "norm". As we continue to navigate our "new norm", the mental health of our team members is important to us.
“While our in-hospital colleagues continue to carry out their compassionate and courageous duty to care for and improve human life, it’s important for those that are at home during COVID-19 to keep perspective and carry on,” said Dr. Frank Drummond, HCA Healthcare’s medical director of behavioral health services. “We can do this by taking care of our mental health during this challenging moment in history. Reach out to check on the well-being of others, practice self-care, engage in activities that give you purpose and stay calm.”
Things you can do to support yourself:
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
- Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditateexternal icon. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
- Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.