Taking care of mental health during a pandemic

It is important to take care of your mental health during these strange and trying times. Being in a pandemic can mean a lot has changed for you. Change can be stressful and scary, especially when the future is unknown. Being aware of your thoughts and emotions is crucial to you mental health. Talking about how you feel can help coop with some of your troubled thoughts. This can be done with a trusted friend, a family member, or a therapist. If you are not comfortable talking about your emotions, you can write them down in a journal. This way you can at least reflect on what and why you are feeling the way you do.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help, there are many people out there that are willing to do so. Do something that makes you happy. Whether that be going on a bike ride, painting, or just taking a hot bath. Know when to take a break from how exhausting life may be.

Author
Adebola Oyekoya, MD Adebola Oyekoya, MD, leads Guardian Physicians, located in the Sandy Springs neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia, as a family medicine physician. She offers the highest quality primary care in all areas, but she especially enjoys preventive care and treating chronic and acute conditions. Dr. Oyekoya earned her Doctor of Medicine from the Medical University of Lublin, a globally-ranked institution in Lublin, Poland. Afterward, she came to the United States, where she completed a residency in family medicine at John F. Kennedy Hospital in Edison, New Jersey. She is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. She’s passionate about providing advanced, comprehensive care for adolescents and adults, including specialized geriatrics care. Dr. Oyekoya offers patient-focused services, personalized to fit every unique individual who walks through the door. She also makes sure to inform and educate her patients so that they understand their health and feel empowered to take an active role in their care.

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