Practical Tools to Improve Mental Health & Cope with Challenges from COVID-19

Posted 5/12/2021 in Senior Life Solutions

Brought to you by Regional Medical Center’s Senior Life Solutions

This past year presented many different challenges and obstacles that tested our strength and durability. The global pandemic forced us to cope with situations never before imagined and many of us struggled with our mental health as a result. The good news is that there are #Tools2Thrive and resources available to support the well-being of individuals and communities. 

Now, more than ever, we need to combat the stigma surrounding mental health concerns. That’s why this Mental Health Month Regional Medical Center (RMC) Senior Life Solutions is highlighting what individuals can do throughout their daily lives to prioritize mental health, build resiliency, and continue to cope with the obstacles of COVID-19. 

“This past year forced many to accept tough situations that they had little to no control over,” stated Bobbi Rowe, Senior Life Solutions. “If you found that it impacted your mental health, you aren’t alone.”

Fortunately, there are practical tools that can help improve your mental health. A few simple tools include:

  • Accept yourself as you are
  • Focus on the basics
  • Find what makes you happy
  • Practice mindfulness
  • Make small goals
  • Set some boundaries
  • Remember that you are not alone.

Ultimately, during this month of May, RMC Senior Life Solutions wants to remind everyone that mental illness is real, and recovery is possible. By developing your own #Tools2Thrive, it is possible to find balance between life’s ups and downs and continue to cope with the challenges brought on by the pandemic. 

“It’s important to remember that working on your mental health and finding tools that help you thrive takes time,” concluded Rowe. “Change won’t happen overnight. Instead, by focusing on small changes, you can move through the stressors of the past year and develop long-term strategies to support yourself on an ongoing basis.”

For more information, visit mhanational.org/may or call Regional Medical Center Senior Life Solutions at 563-927-7560.