In this unprecedented time of uncertainty, adopting healthy practices for coping with stress and stay connected with friends, family and co-workers is more important than ever. Resilient Wisconsin offers resources and tools to encourage self-care, maintain social connections and reduce stress. When we utilize these tools, we help build a healthier Wisconsin for all. Here are a few practices you can put to good use today and moving forward:
- Get the three goods: “good-for-you (healthy!) foods, a good night’s sleep, and a good amount of exercise every day.
- Stay connected to your support system. Reach out to family and friends, colleagues, and community groups in whatever way you can—calls, texts, video chats, and more.
- Spend time away from focusing on COVID-19. Don’t let the pandemic take over what you read, watch, or talk about. Encourage friends and family to talk about other topics.
- Reduce anxiety by reducing your risk. You stay safer staying at home. Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds. Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. Practice social distancing by staying at least 6 feet apart while running essential errands at the store, pharmacy, or gas station.
- Check in with yourself. Everyone’s reaction to stress is different. Difficulty concentrating or sleeping, irritability, fatigue, and even stomachaches can be normal.
- It’s OK to ask for help! If you find you are overwhelmed or having thoughts of self-harm or suicide, reach out for help right away. Text HOPELINE to 741741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
Staying Safer-at-Home is important, but we know it is not easy. Resilient Wisconsin offers us a way forward as we all work towards a healthier Wisconsin. For more information, please visit resilient.wisconsin.gov. and follow DHS on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.