Central Wyoming Counseling Center gives mental health tips during pandemic

Published: Apr. 23, 2020 at 6:44 PM CDT
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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many of our routines to be interrupted. As many people are operating at home, local health professionals have some tips.

"This is a crisis with multiple stressors. People are worried about getting sick, they're worried about their finances, they're worried about how they are going to pay the bills and those kinds of things. So it's not just one thing we're trying to be vigilant about, it's a lot of stressors all at one time and so the better we can take care of our mental health and take care of each other, the better everybody's going to be," said CWCC Director of Recovery Services Tabatha Madrigal.

Madrigal said humans are wired for connection and isolation can be hard. She said people should be making connections as much as they can, whether that be virtually, through phone calls or social media.

Many people are working from home, so checking on them can mean a lot. Other ways people can relieve stress are: getting outside for some fresh and staying in a routine can be crucial.

"One of the most important things is to keep your normal routine, do as much normally as you possibly can," said CWCC Director of Outpatient Services Debra Phinney.

Phinney said it's important to reach out to others if you need the interaction, don't wait for others to reach out to you.