In Events, Survivors

The pandemic continues to affect us all in different ways. In this month’s Teal Talk, MOCA Community Support Program Manager Stefanie Gliniany shares some tools to manage feelings of anxiety, fear and uncertainty.

Managing your mental health is important for your wellbeing, especially now. This month, I’m sharing some tools to help.

First, it’s important to acknowledge if you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed. A great tool is journaling to express your thoughts.

Be sure to take care of yourself. This means getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet, and staying active to support your immune system. Also, spend time outdoors! The American Psychological Association has stated that “spending time in nature is linked to both cognitive benefits and improvements in mood, mental health and emotional well-being.”

Sticking to a routine is also helpful. Routines give us a sense of control. It’s also a great idea to designate time to unplug. When unwinding, find positive activities that you enjoy such as cooking, reading, or listening to music.

Incorporate self-care strategies into your day. Click here for a toolkit with some wonderful resources.

Here is another online resource from the CDC with more information on coping with stress.

Most importantly, know that you are not alone. Find peer-to-peer support with a MOCA Mentor or join us for a virtual support group to connect with others.

Don’t hesitate to ask for help or seek professional support. Medical professionals are able to provide additional tools to help you manage your fears, anxiety and stress.