What to Do If You Feel Stress or Anxiety?:
Your #MentalHealthMatters and is just as important as your physical health during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Teens and young adults are experiencing a range of emotions, as a weekly poll in late February 2020 shows the top three current moods as “frustrated” (54 percent), “nervous” (49 percent), and “disconnected” (40 percent). Additionally, many teens are feeling stress and anxiety, combined with feeling extremely bored. We get it and want you to know that it is going to be OK!!
The Maryland Department of Health recommends the following for youth and teens during this uncertain time:
- Limit your screen time. Limit your time watching, reading, or listening to news stories on your cell phone or TV. Take a break from social media for a few hours each day and avoid Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Instagram or SnapChat posts about illness and COVID-19 if it triggers feeling of stress or anxiety.
- Keep yourself grounded. Exercise, play games, or take some time to read.
- Draw or write in a journal or use music to express your thoughts and feelings. Do things that make you feel good and are also good for you.