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These are troubling times right now. The feelings of loss of control, just not knowing what is happening next, or how long this pandemic will last can create anxiety. Anxiety is just another word for fear. And all the changes in this week start to add up and create fear. These times can also unlock other feelings too.
This is a great feeling wheel rooted in scripture. Find how you are feeling and meditate on the corresponding verse from faithimg.com.
This is from the CDC website and was so good I wanted to share it with you:
People who may respond more strongly to the stress of a crisis include
- Older people and people with chronic diseases who are at higher risk for COVID-19
- Children and teens
- People who are helping with the response to COVID-19, like doctors and other health care providers, or first responders
- People who have mental health conditions including problems with substance use
Perhaps the groups of people listed above do not pertain to you, but please use this as a reminder to check in with anyone in your life that perhaps do fall into any of the mentioned categories. Have you checked in on your elderly parents, grandparents, or neighbors? Have you asked your children and/or teens if they have any questions about what is happening in our world right now? Do you know any medical personnel or first responders that may need prayer, supplies, or encouragement? Does anyone in your family have mental health conditions that may need extra support during this time?
If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others call
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
- Text TalkWithUs to 66746. (TTY 1-800-846-8517)
Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include
- Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
- Changes in sleep or eating patterns
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
- Worsening of chronic health problems
- Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
People with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment and be aware of new or worsening symptoms.
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