The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live, work, learn and play, as Ohioans follow Governor DeWine’s Stay at Home Order. Feelings of uncertainty and ongoing adjustments to a new way of life, even temporarily, can have a significant impact on mental health. In a recent episode of Dublin News Now: Maintaining Mental Wellness, Syntero Chief Clinical Officer Sara Harrison-Mills, MSW, LISW-S discusses ways to stay virtually connected, concerns about substance abuse, when to seek help and ways to cure cabin fever while adjusting to life at home.
“I think it’s really important to remember that following the Stay at Home order is the best thing we can do to keep ourselves, our families and our communities safe. There’s lot of ways to manage cabin fever.
“This is a great time to start a new hobby, read a book, find ways to connect with extended family and friends,” said Harrison-Mills. “It’s a great time to build habits to support our own wellness, like incorporating physical activity, spending time daily doing relaxation activities, like meditation, journaling or mindfulness. One of the things that I think can be most helpful for all of us is making sure that we establish a structure and a routine to our day. This can be especially important for kids. Having structures and routines can help them manage worries related to uncertainty. It can help them have a successful transition to the homeschooling and online learning platforms that kids are now transitioning to, and it helps them feel safe and supported.”
Watch the interview for more information and to learn about Syntero’s Telehealth service offerings. Syntero has also added helpful resources for parents to help manage their own anxiety and address their children’s concerns on the Groups for Parents page.