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Coping with the Pandemic

As many businesses shutter, and employees across the country adapt to working at home, staff of St. Andrew’s Caring Workplace and Senior Solutions would like to reach out to remind you that we are still here and available for the support and resources you may need now more than ever. We would also like to take this opportunity to share some tips for dealing with the added stress and anxiety you may be experiencing.

Acknowledge your feelings. Many are reporting an increase in anxiety and depression right now. It’s important that you have a good support network and someone to talk to about your feelings. If you aren’t comfortable talking to your loved ones, or if you need more support than they can offer, do not hesitate to reach out for professional help. You do not have to deal with this alone. Many physicians are offering telehealth services, so be sure to maintain services with your current providers. It is more important than ever to take care of your mental and physical health.

Unplug. While we are spending so much time at home, it is natural to be constantly plugged in to our devices. While it may be impossible to step away from your phone or your computer during the work day, be sure to give yourself ample time away from the TV and internet when you are able. Staying aware of the latest news is important, but focusing too much time and attention on it can add to our stress.

Stay connected. While we encourage you to take time away from the news and media, it is equally as important to be connected to those around you. Families have been given a rare opportunity for time spent together. Find ways to make sure this is QUALITY time. Those in a family unit are lucky to have the company of each other. Those who live alone may need to look for opportunities with social apps such as Skype, FaceTime, or Zoom to stay connected to their friends and family.

Take time for yourself. Yes, families have an unprecedented opportunity for time together, but this alone may add stress for some who are not used to such a heightened level of togetherness. It is important that everyone take some time and space for themselves each day.

Find a place of gratitude. It is easy to look around and see grief and despair. It may be harder to find moments of love and joy, but they are still around you. There are people offering to shop for their elderly neighbors. There are those sharing their staples with the people who could not find any. There are people buying meals for first responders. Across the globe loved ones are reaching out to each other making sure friends and family are okay. This pandemic is a worldwide time of great sadness and loss, but it is also a time of strengthened hope and unity.

If you are struggling, please contact your Caring Workplace Specialist Heather Spindler, MSW, at 314-802-5106, hspindler@standrews1.com, or visit our website at www.caringworkplace.org.