COVID-19 has changed the world in many ways. Regarding mental health in the United States, CDC reports 31 % of adults have had symptoms of anxiety or depression in the past year.
- 1  3 % reported that they had started or increased substance use
- 26 % reported stress-related symptoms
- 11 % reported that they had previously had serious suicidal thoughts 30 days
T these numbers are almost twice as high as we would have expected before the pandemic.
Closer to home, according to the American Heart Association, 23% of Milwaukee County adults report having a mental illness. During this time, it is crucial that we take care of our entire well-being but especially mental health.
One thing you can control and take action to improve your mental health is positive self-talk. Dr. Alan Chu, of the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, has three steps to train the brain for positive self-talk: recognizing, framing, and focusing again.
- Acknowledge the negative self-talk that arises in your mind
- Redo the emotions again
- Focus to control your own outcome.
There are also apps like Headspace and Calm that can help with guided meditation and deep breathing techniques. Even 5 minutes a day will make a huge difference but remember that the key is exercise.
More detailed information on mental health can be found in the resources below: