Take Care of Your Emotional Health from Santa Clara Police Dept.

Take Care of Your Emotional Health

The outbreak of COVID-19 has been stressful for many. Finding positive ways to cope with stress will make you, the people you care about and our community stronger. While it is important to stay informed, be aware this inaccurate being circulated – especially on social media.

Turn to reliable sources of information, like the City of Santa Clara, County of Santa Clara Public Health Department, California Department of Public Health, and limit your exposure to watching, reading or listening to the news. Instead….. •

Maintain a regular routine and basic personal hygiene habits o Bathe regularly. Brush and floss your teeth. Trim your nails. Wash your hands. Get plenty of rest. • Take care of your body o Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. Eat healthy, well-balanced meals. Exercise regularly. Take prescription medication as prescribed.

Avoid alcohol, tobacco and drugs. • Connect with others o The shelter-in-place mandate requires us to stay in our homes expect for essential activities, businesses and government functions, but that doesn’t mean we have to isolate ourselves. It is important to stay in communication with family, friends, neighbors and colleagues. People need to hear from one another – and, vice versa.

There are plenty of ways to stay connected – phone, text, email, instant message, video chat/conferencing, write a letter. Doing so, complies with social distancing requirements, helps pass the time, may calm your feelings and help you to maintain your health.

If you, or someone you care about, is feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression or anxiety, reach out for help.

Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor
• Contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. (TTY 1-800-846-8517 )
• In an emergency, call 9-1-1


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