Having an issue with your mental health can feel incredibly isolating. It may feel as though people don’t understand you or what you’re going through–and with a pandemic where everybody in the world is experiencing challenges related to freedoms being taken away from them, it may feel as though you have nowhere to turn to in order to get the help you need.
However, one of the mantras in these times is that ‘we’re all in this together’- so it’s important t0o try to get the help you need, even when you feel as though you have nobody to turn to.
If you are struggling with your mental health and if you are eligible, speaking to a Medicaid office should be your first port of call. However, it may be worth looking into some of the ways you can de-stress and manage some of your anxieties at home.
Take Your Meds
If you are concerned about having access to your prescription meds, ask your healthcare provider if you can access a 90-day supply of your medication as apposed to the usual 30 day.
If this isn’t granted, then make sure you get access to your medicines as soon as you are able to.
While healthcare providers may deny you the first time you ask then you are within your rights to challenge the decisions at least three times. Health plan adjustment decision makers can change their minds as the pandemic continues.
Maintain Healthy Habits
When you are experiencing challenges with your mental health, it can feel as though the world around you makes it difficult to perform basic tasks. This is why it is important to do what you can to maintain your health. For example, making sure you keep taking any prescribed medications, attend therapy sessions. If treatment is difficult to access, make sure you can get enough sleep, water, and keep moving where you can. Staying on top of your physical health and practicing self care will help you to manage some of your mental health concerns, too.
Where you can, practice mindfulness activities to center your mind.
Be Aware of Where You Get Your Information From
During these times, it is incredibly important to limit the information you get and from which sources you get them from. While you need to stay to informed, you should consider limiting your news exposure and make sure you rely only on trusted sources.
Make sure to mute anybody on your social networking who you suspect is spreading misinformation. Delete any forwarded messages making claims or conspiracies that may make you feel uncomfortable.
Obsessively checking the news and latest statistics several times a day can make increase feelings of anxiety, so try to make sure to switch off any notifications from news apps off on your phone and check in with the news online.
Don’t Be Alone
You’re not alone. While it may feel like you are isolated and too much for everybody around you, don’t be afraid to reach out to those who can support you.