Lucerne, CA (November 25, 2020) – The holiday season is here again, which brings a mix of joy and stress to most people. The anticipation of and preparation for holiday events, as well as the change in weather, is something with which we are all familiar. This year, the holiday season is a bit different, as the Coronavirus pandemic and related economic downturn continue to weigh heavily on communities across the Country, State, and Lake County.
Here at Behavioral Health Services, we support the message of Public Health with regard to stopping the spread of the virus: stay at home and stay safe. We also recognize being isolated from friends and family during this time may be especially difficult. Moreover, for individuals with disabilities, the elderly, and people with mental health issues, this time of year may feel even more challenging.
Regardless of your situation, there are some helpful ways you can manage stress more effectively and feel better during this season and the entire year:
• Call or use technology to connect with friends and family while sheltering in place.
• If you don’t have anyone to reach out to, try giving the CalHOPE Warm Line a call when you’re feeling isolated: (833) 317-HOPE (4673).
• Treat your body kindly: eat healthy foods, avoid excessive alcohol, and exercise or get some fresh air as you are able.
• Try a mindfulness exercise. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a moment to focus on your breath, without trying to control it. Just notice your breath going in and out.
If you find yourself feeling significantly overwhelmed or distressed in a way that interferes with your ability to get through day-to-day life, it may be appropriate to seek help. You can schedule an appointment with your Primary Care Provider to talk about what’s going on. You can also contact Lake County Behavioral Health Services for information on services and supports at 707-274-9101 or 707-994-7090. Lake County Behavioral Health Services provides recovery-oriented mental health and substance use disorder services to those in need.
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, which can include thoughts or plans to hurt yourself or others, please contact our crisis line (800) 900-2075 or the North Bay Suicide Prevention Hotline of Lake County (855) 587-6373. Remember, you, and your life, are important. You matter a great deal to all of those connected with you, and all of us at Lake County Behavioral Health Services.