Coping during Covid-19
A message from BIAPA President Ann Marie McLaughlin
We want to reach out to express our encouragement and support during this stressful time because of changes related to COVID-19. It is sometimes helpful to think of such challenges as an “episode” with a beginning, a middle, and an end.
Certainly, increased anxiety is to be expected because of the virus and related restrictions. We encourage you to focus on anxiety management strategies. We also encourage you to reach out for support from family and friends.
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It is important to manage your ANXIETY and WORRY. It is easy to “get stuck,” thinking repetitively about a single topic, especially in this stressful time. Try to use the resources below to help.
Please click here for a list of resources and advice.
THE BRAIN INJURY RESOURCE LINE (BIRL) IS OPEN 1-800-444-6443
For Support, you should also reach out to family and friends. Use resources as needed. Some resources are listed below:
- If watching the news increases your anxiety, limit your exposure to the news.
- “Stay in the present”… let’s not worry about the unknown/future.
- Use distraction. Now is the time to catch up on TV shows, movies, blogs, books.
- Practice relaxation. Remember to breathe slowly and deeply.
- Get rest.
- Ask therapists about possible teletherapy (phone) session.
- Access blogs or online support group.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK
- Try Meditation and Relaxation exercises listed with the above link and also here.
Know about the virus and recommendations. Virus symptoms include fever, dry cough, body aches, and shortness of breath. Contact your doctor if you are concerned.
Practice safety precautions by washing hands, avoiding touching your face, avoiding contacts with groups in the community (social distancing), clean surfaces, limit travel.
- www.CDC.gov for information and guidelines
- Please click here for a helpful PDF document explaining COVID-19.