October is World Mental Health Month. This year has definitely been a year of turmoil throughout the country. Between COVID-19, civil unrest, and the devastating fires in California, protecting your mental health is more important than ever.
Tips for Maintaining Your Well-Being:
- Stay connected with friends and family with phone calls and video chats.
- Enjoy your hobbies or pick up new ones.
- Explore without leaving home. Visit https://www.dublin.ca.gov/2182/Virtual-Recreation-Center to see virtual tours of zoos, museums, aquariums, and national parks.
- Eat healthy. Good nutrition is a key to positive mental health. Stock up on proteins, fruit, and vegetables.
- Get exercise. Can’t go to the gym? You can go for a walk or exercise in a park, as long as you maintain a distance of six feet from others. Don’t forget to bring your mask. There are also hundreds of exercise videos available online. Visit www.DublinRecGuide.com to find some online programs.
- Unplug whenever possible. Make time for quiet time, relaxation, and meditation. Information overload can lead to distress.
- Create routines. In times of uncertainty, sticking to a routine is an important way to maintain a sense of normalcy.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to any of the following agencies for help, guidance, and support:
Axis Community Health http://www.axishealth.org/mental_health/m_health.html
Crisis Support Services of Alameda County https://www.crisissupport.org/
California Youth Crisis Line: 1-800-843-5200
Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley
2-1-1 Eden I & R