Ways to Cope With Stress
During a Pandemic

Experts are recommending social distancing, and self-quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic, which President Trump just extended through the end of April.   Because of this, many of us feel isolated on our days off from work, and find it difficult to unwind and cope with the stress endured over the past few shifts.  Below is a list of virtual resources that may help to ease your anxiety while at home:

Get Crafty!!  

One great way to take your mind off of everyday stressors and express your creative side, is to start a new DIY project or craft idea! https://www.countryliving.com/diy-crafts/ is a great website that posts a variety of seasonal projects for a variety of skill levels! Happy crafting!

Read a Book!!

There are many online resources available to rent digital books online for free.  One of these resources is the app Libby (https://www.overdrive.com/apps/libby/).  Libby requires any library card and gives you access to thousands of ebooks and audiobooks.  Another resource is Open Library, which doesn’t require a library card and also has a large variety of free ebooks and audiobooks (https://openlibrary.org/).  

Grow an Indoor Garden!

Growing an indoor garden can be a fun activity for the whole family, and useful during a pandemic!  Check out https://nymag.com/strategist/article/how-to-grown-an-indoor-herb-garden.html for tips on what to grow, and how to grow it.  

Seek Professional Help

No matter how hard we try, many of us will have a difficult time coping with the stress associated with the COVID-19 crisis.  https://pearlbh.com/  is a New York based telepsychiatry service that accepts commercial insurance and will put you in touch with a mental health professional.  They also have group therapy sessions available specific to COVID-19.  Text HELLOPEARL to 555888 to get started.

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