In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to share our expertise in handling difficult or stressful situations with all of you. We may feel helpless about what will happen or what we can do to prevent further stress. In times like this, we might feel more on edge than usual, angry, helpless or sad. We might notice that we are more frustrated with others or want to completely avoid any reminders of what is happening. We might feel less motivated to carry out our daily activities. It’s important to note that we are not helpless in light of current events.
Some things you can do to take care of yourself:
Separate what is in your control from what is not. There are things you can do, and it is helpful to focus on those. Wash your hands. Remind others to wash theirs.
Be mindful of how much movement you are getting. We are probably walking less and are confined to a smaller space. Try to stretch. Movement helps both physical and mental health!
Challenge yourself to stay in the present. When you find yourself worrying about something that has not happened, gently bring yourself back to the present moment. Notice the sights, sounds, tastes and other sensory experiences in your immediate moment and name them. Engaging in mindfulness activities is one way to help stay grounded when things feel beyond your control.
Stay connected and reach out to friends, family, or community resources if you need more support. Talk to someone you trust about what you are feeling.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
For some individuals, the suggested or mandated measures of social distancing – staying at home as much as possible – are unsafe. If you or someone you know is concerned about sheltering in place or social distancing in an abusive home, please call 1-800-799-7233. If you’re unable to speak safely, you can securely chat on thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 22522. You can also visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline’s resource page for more information on safety planning and support during the COVID pandemic.
Additional National Resources
If you or your children are feeling particularly anxious or if you are struggling with your mental health, it’s ok to reach out to a professional for support.
If you have an emergency, call 911.
For additional support, you can also contact the following federal resources:
The Crisis Text Line: Text TALK to 741741
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1-800-273-TALK
For a list if food pantries, visit foodpantries.org.
Additional Resources by State
Additional resources are available based on state of residence, including:
California: Visit covid19.ca.gov.
New Jersey: Visit covid19.nj.gov or call the Clinical Coronavirus Hotline: 1-800-
New York: Visit coronavirus.health.ny.gov or call the NYS Department of Health
Novel Coronavirus Hotline: 1-888-364-3065
New York City: Contact NYC Well by texting “WELL” to 651-73 or dial 888-692-
Ohio: Visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.
Attention – Safe At Home has a temporary address during the COVID-19 pandemic:
Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation
138-44C Queens Blvd, Suite #339
Briarwood, NY 11435
P: (877) 878-4 JOE (toll free) F: (212) 560-8919
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