It's Okay to Not Be Okay—NeoGenomics Shines a Light on Mental Health Awareness Month
It is most likely your second or third month of self-isolation and/or staying a home. You haven’t been grabbing dinner with your friends, catching a new-release movie with loved ones, or relieving stress at the gym. It probably took some time to adjust to your “new normal,” but by now, you should be used to it, right?
Wrong. It’s okay and very normal if you’re still struggling with life post COVID-19. And what better time to talk about it than now? May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices.
At NeoGenomics, we care deeply about the well-being of each and every one of our employees. During the month of May, we are educating our employees about all facets of mental health, providing helpful resources to support employees, hosting a variety of healthful webinars and virtual meditation sessions for employees, encouraging employees to share positive coping strategies with each other, and more.
And remember, outbreaks, such as COVID-19, can be stressful, and everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. The CDC recommends the following ways to cope with stress:
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
- Take care of your body.
- Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
For more information, including how to help your children cope with stress, common reactions to COVID-19, special considerations for people at higher risk for serious illness, visit the CDC.
If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others, the CDC recommends you:
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