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This week we continue to see new cases of COVID in Haywood County (#18 and 19). The most recent case took 8 days from exposure to onset of symptoms. That’s why we want to emphasize wearing a mask in public, continuing the practice of social distancing, and frequent handwashing.
COVID-19 and Your Mental Well-Being: Everybody experiences anxiety and depression on occasion, but it seems as if many of us are feeling a bit frayed around the edges as the COVID-19 situation continues. The outbreak has brought on social isolation, health concerns, financial concerns, worry about loved ones, and conflict as people disagree with each other about all aspects of the outbreak. These are all major triggers for anxiety and stress, which can lead to problems with mental well-being, substance use, and suicidal thoughts. Take care of your emotional health as carefully as you have been taking care to wash your hands. Take steps to reduce stress and anxiety, get information from reliable sources, communicate with loved ones, and stay connected with support systems.
Professional help is also available and there is no shame in reaching out for assistance. This is particularly true if you are regularly experiencing any of the following: difficulty sleeping; uncontrollable worry; difficulty concentrating; feeling helpless, hopeless, overwhelmed or worthless; loss of energy; loss of interest in activities that normally bring joy; changes in appetite and unexplained physical issues like headaches or stomachaches; or thoughts of suicide à 1-800-273-TALK (8255). These emotions are normal to experience occasionally, but if they don’t go away, GET HELP. Take a look at the attached mental health resource documents for lots of tools and resources.