Visit the CDC’s website for the most up-to-date information about COVID-19, including national guidelines on best practices for travel, gatherings, and more.
Some things you can do to take care of yourself.
- Separate what is in your control from what is not. There are things you can do, and it is helpful to focus on those. Wash your hands. Remind others to wash theirs.
- Be mindful of how much movement you are getting. We are probably walking less and are confined to a smaller space. Try to stretch. Movement helps both physical and mental health!
- Challenge yourself to stay in the present. When you find yourself worrying about something that has not happened, gently bring yourself back to the present moment. Notice the sights, sounds, tastes and other sensory experiences in your immediate moment and name them. Engaging in mindfulness activities is one way to help stay grounded when things feel beyond your control.
- Stay connected and reach out to friends, family, or community resources if you need more support. Talk to someone you trust about what you are feeling.
- Access one of NYC Well’s suggested mental health apps – check out a full list of recommended apps!
New – Stressbusters!
Safe At Home has compiled a tip sheet with ways to beat stress during the current crisis. Check out Safe At Home’s Stressbusters!
New – Resources on Grief & Loss
Grief is a natural response to loss of something or someone you love. Everyone copes with this loss differently, but here are some tips to working through grief:
- Acknowledge your pain.
- Accept that grief can trigger many different and unexpected emotions.
- Understand that your grieving process will be unique to you.
- Seek out face-to-face support from people who care about you.
- Support yourself emotionally by taking care of yourself physically.
- Recognize the difference between grief and depression.
A safety plan is a personalized plan that includes ways to increase your overall sense of safety, and to cope with difficult feelings and triggers when you feel unsafe. In moments of crisis, you can refer to this plan to remind yourself of what you can do to increase your sense of calm and control, and who you can reach out to for support. Check out Safe At Home’s COVID-19 safety plan now!
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
For some individuals, the suggested or mandated measures of social distancing – staying at home as much as possible – are unsafe. If you or someone you know is concerned about sheltering in place or social distancing in an abusive home, please call 1-800-799-7233. If you’re unable to speak safely, you can securely chat on thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 22522. You can also visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline’s resource page for more information on safety planning and support during the COVID pandemic.
Additional National Resources
If you or your children are feeling particularly anxious or if you are struggling with your mental health, it’s ok to reach out to a professional for support.
If you have an emergency, call 911.
For additional support, you can also contact the following federal resources:
- The Crisis Text Line: Text TALK to 741741
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1-800-273-TALK
- For a list if food pantries, visit foodpantries.org.
Additional Resources by State
Additional resources are available based on state of residence, including:
- California: Visit covid19.ca.gov.
- New Jersey: Visit covid19.nj.gov or call the Clinical Coronavirus Hotline: 1-800-962-1253.
- New York: Visit coronavirus.health.ny.gov or call the NYS Department of Health Novel Coronavirus Hotline: 1-888-364-3065
- New York City: Contact NYC Well by texting “WELL” to 651-73 or dial 888-692-9355
- Ohio: Visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.
Safe At Home’s counselors have also prepared a document with some New York City-based resources, including food pantries, how to get inexpensive or free internet access, mental health counseling, and more. Check out the resource document they prepared!