Resources to Support Your Well-being During COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic and the risk of infection can be overwhelming and anxiety inducing. Still OPTI has compiled resources to support your well-being, which include coping strategies and counseling support services available to physicians.
It is imperative we take care of ourselves and our colleagues to minimize psychological stress and to also best serve patients.
- Please make it a priority to connect with your colleagues, your residents, and other providers to support each other and let others know they’re not alone.
- Practice compassion and respect during this challenging time as this crisis may be taking an emotional toll on others with whom we work.
If you are in crisis and need immediate response, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741 or dial 911 for Emergency Medical Services.
Develop self-care practice to stay mentally healthy. Below are some tips.
- Develop an intentional morning routine. Choose the tone for your day, such as quiet time to read.
- Practice gratitude, prayer, or meditation.
- Get showered and dressed even if you have nowhere to go.
- Make time for meaningful social interaction with your inner circle.
- Choose when to watch or read the news, maybe once a day to avoid stress.
- Honor your body’s need for sleep. Most adults need 7-9 hours.
- Eat well to take care of your nutritional needs.
- Exercise. Even 5 minutes can make a difference.
- Get outside. Spend some time in nature.
- Make time to relax and rejuvenate.
- Consider journaling; remember to mention your wins and accomplishments.
- Limit television and computer use before bed.
Stress and anxiety management and coping strategies | Recordings
- Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Toolkit for Emotional Coping for Healthcare Staff -Julia Price, PhD, Nancy Kassam-Adams, PhD, Anne E. Kazak, PhD, ABPP
- Sustaining Provider Well-Being During COVID-19 (Handout) -Sarah Thomas, MSW, LCSW, Behavioral Health Wellness Counselor, ATSU-KCOM, Carrol Davenport, Chaplin, Hospice
- 5 Ways to Manage Coronavirus Anxiety -Tracy Marks, MD
- Working with Anxiety During the COVID-19 Pandemic -Ruth Buczynski, PhD, NICABM
- Tips for Reducing Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic – US Dept. of Veterans Affairs
- Coronavirus: Mental Health and Wellness During the COVID-19 Pandemic -UC Davis Health
- Avoiding Anxiety During the COVID-19 Outbreak -Danielle Lambert, Behavioral Health Manager, Englewood Health
- Managing Stress and Anxiety in the Face of COVID-19: Mental Health Tips from Dartmouth-Hitchcock -Robert Brady, PhD, Dartmouth-Hitchcock
- How to Cope with Stress and Anxiety about COVID-19 -Kathy Clayton, MSW, LCSW, Cone Health
Things you can do to support yourself | Breathing relaxation, coping tips, and strategies
- Emotional Well-Being During the COVID-19 Outbreak -Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Taking care of your behavioral health – SAMHSA (PDF)
- Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks -SAMHSA (PDF)
COVID Ready Communication Skills
NRMC Professional Support
Missouri Physicians Health Program
Physician Support Line
For emergencies, call 800.356.5395 (Mark Twain Behavioral Health) or dial 911.