The past year triggered anxiety or a feeling of hopelessness in most of us at some point. When you have the added stress which often accompanies chronic illness, your mental health often suffers. Maybe you’re afraid..…
The past year triggered anxiety or a feeling of hopelessness in most of us at some point. When you have the added stress of a chronic illness, your mental health often suffers. Maybe you’re afraid of contracting COVID-19, maybe you’ve lost income from shutdowns, or perhaps isolation has brought on loneliness. These things usually happen slowly, and you may not even notice your mental health slipping, until you take some time to think about how your mood is or how it compares to what happier times felt like.
If you are feeling this way, we are so happy you’re reading this. Our caretakers at NAHA Health want you to mentally feel your best, because we know mentally strong people are more equipped to work towards better physical health. If you need help, please contact your Case Manager. We have a vast network of help available to you. No one should have to deal with mental, or any other health issues alone, our mission is to make sure you have the resources you need to find your way back to better health.
Laughter is still the best medicine! Connecting with each other is the most important thing you can do to lift your spirits, after medical help. It can also be the hardest thing to do. If you are struggling, adding another goal to your life can feel overwhelming, but we promise, it’s worth it! If you are unable to leave your house, invite a friend to come watch a movie with you (while continuing to follow CDC COVID-19 guidelines). Adding a little popcorn or your favorite healthy snack never hurts either. Even just calling a friend can help ease loneliness. The important thing is reaching out, and making that connection, no matter what that looks like for you.
Physical connection all but vanished during the pandemic. While it is still not healthy to hug everyone, if you have a small circle of vaccinated friends, love on them, they likely need a hug just as much as you do! Human’s need 4 touch connections a day just to survive, 8 to maintain, and 12 for real growth.
That’s a whole lot of hugging! Never miss a chance to tell someone how much you love and appreciate them. It’s a win for both of you. Hug your way to happy!
Please remember, you do not have to handle your health alone. We are here to help! And, people who are able to rely on a circle of friends and family, find it much easier to walk the path to better health than those who try to walk the path alone. Plus, holding hands, is just more fun!