Pandemic, political climate impacting our mental health
A Mayo Clinic psychologist gives some tips to try and combat these struggles.
seems like thes, sparking anxiety across America. We're living in a crazy world these days, adding to the already existing stress of Cove in 19, Boston University study found rates of depression have tripled during the pandemic. Well, certainly normal to not feel normal these days, Mayo Clinic psychologist Dr Craig Saw Chuck says that mental strain can manifest physically and emotionally. We may see that in terms of sleep disruptions, sleeping, you know, too much headaches. Some of us may react more emotionally. We may find that we're just more sad or down. Maybe our emotions are a little bit more blunted, orm or irritable. He suggests taking news and social media breaks or setting limits. For example, 30 minute windows twice a day. Try to eat well, make sleep of priority and connect with those you care about. Doing things like that can help us stay reconnected with healthy supports in her life and start to build in some of those pressure release valves that we've really been needing overtime. When it comes to talking with kids about what has happened, let them take the lead by asking what they already know and what worries them. It's really important that we acknowledge and we validate the worries and the stressors. You know that our kiddos have but also be optimistic about the future ways to cope during increasingly difficult days. Sarah Dahllof, NBC News