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Sometimes it gets overwhelming, and it can be hard to know what the next right step is. We get it.
Talking to someone can really make a day brighter. RESCU is working hard to increase and improve our ability to help. We can often recommend local social services — a counselor, social worker, mental health professional, or a volunteer trained in Mental Health First Aid–someone who can help shed light on a situation.
Please remember, as always, if you are in an emergency situation, dial 9-1-1. If not, and you’re just trying to sort things out, here’s a great checklist:
- Start your day with goals and tasks for the day. Accomplishment feels great.
- Spend a few minutes with nature. A short walk, even to just get the mail or take out the trash can feed your soul.
- Exercise–get your heart rate up a little bit. Thirty minutes is best, but if that’s a lot, do what you can do! Just get out of that chair!
- Get plenty of sleep. This is different for everyone—but, if your body tells you to rest–rest!
- Count your blessings. It is so easy in modern times to take things for granted. Stop and smell the roses—take a moment to be grateful.
- Create a bedtime routine. We all know by now to turn off our screens, hard as that is, these days. Take an hour or so to read a book, meditate, or have family time.
- Take time to try something different. Not only will this improve your mental health, it has actually been shown to lengthen your life. Drive a different path; use the other hand; try a new hobby or a new recipe.
- Don’t rush to react. Allowing unrealized expectations to cause us stress helps no one. When things don’t go as you think they should … breathe.
- Connect with others. Make a phone call, reach out to someone you haven’t talked to in a while, plan a Zoom party!
- Use your sense of touch. This one is harder in pandemic times, because we aren’t hugging like we might want to. But, even placing one hand on top of the other, or over your heart for about a minute, instills a sense of compassion that helps you relax. And don’t forget, petting your dog, cat, bird, or hedgehog counts, too!
If you think we can help, please feel free to get in touch with us and provide your contact information so we can get back to you. We will work together to figure out a brighter future.
- call us at 800.374.9215 and leave a message
- email us at MentalHealth@RESCUfoundation.org
- message us privately on social media