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How to practice self care during difficult times
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - We are living through very stressful events. Emotions can manifest in different ways. The following infographic displays frequent symptoms of anxiety. This blog post will provide you with possible solutions if you have any of these symptoms.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest the following healthy ways to deal with stress.
- Take care of your body by eating healthfully, getting enough sleep and regular exercise, and avoid excessive alcohol and drug use.
- Share your feelings with others. Maintain your emotional health by nurturing your relationships. With social distancing measures in place, consider connecting with others online, via phone, text, video call, or email.
- Take breaks from watching or reading the news and social media.
- Be gentle with yourself and others.
- Find at least one thing to be grateful for every day. Focusing on the positives in your life will help you put the present state of the world in perspective.
If negative feelings persist and you feel you need professional help, these resources may prove to be useful.
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
Veteran's Crisis Line
Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves.
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522
Highly trained advocates are available 24/7/365 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship.
OK2Talk Teen Helpline
1 (800) 273-TALK
OK2TALK is a community where teens and young adults struggling with mental health conditions can find a safe place to talk about what they are experiencing by sharing their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope.
Crisis Text Line
Text SIGNS to 741741 for 24/7, anonymous, free crisis counseling
Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime. Crisis Text Line is here for any crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from our secure online platform.
You are doing a wonderfully brave thing by seeking help. Keep going. With a little bit of practice and self-patience, you will be ready to take on the next steps in your future career. If you would like more information about how to cope with stress during the pandemic, assistance in finding resources, tips on how to get the job-hunting process started or more, please reach out to us at CCPL by email, chat, or text. You may also call us at 843-805-6930, leave a voice message, and a library staff member will return your call. Remember, you are not alone.