Uncertainties surrounding COVID-19 have the potential to raise our stress and anxiety levels, thus affecting our mental health. It is vital during this time to make your mental health a priority while exploring options of telehealth and delivery of medications. Engage in self-care techniques that work best for you and remember to stick to your routines so as not to allow fear to affect your mental illness.
What You Can Do
- Reframe “I am stuck inside” to “I can finally focus on my home and myself”
- Stay as close to your normal routine as possible including sleep, meals, showers, and taking medications
- Avoid obsessing over COVID-19 news coverage. Use reliable sources and look at news for no more than 1 hour daily.
- Schedule in cleaning and organizing – an organized place will help your mood!
- Start new rituals such as a daily walk or journaling
- Use telehealth as an option to talk to a professional if your anxiety becomes unmanageable
- Plan for how to access medication
- Don’t wait until the last minute to get refills. Plan ahead.
- If you moved back home, remember to transfer prescriptions to a pharmacy near where you currently live
- Ask for 90-day refills to limit trips to the pharmacy
- Utilize medication delivery services if they are available through your pharmacy or insurance
- Call your prescriber and see if they offer telehealth sessions to discuss medication.
- For injectable medications, contact your prescriber to learn about options for where to get future injection medications.
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- NAMI Mental Illness and COVID-19 Guide with Frequently Answered Questions