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Managing Stress, Anxiety, and Fear Connected to Coronavirus

04/03/2020
10:31 AM
Evan Gonzales, O (505) 468-1590, C (505) 508-8045 - evgonzales@bernco.gov

BERNALILLO COUNTY, NM – During this time of great concern for our physical health, we must prioritize mental wellbeing. The Bernalillo County Department of Behavioral Health Services understands the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has created not only physical health concerns, but also mental health concerns. It is important that along with taking preventative and precautionary steps to protect ourselves physically, we also take proactive steps to protect our mental health during times of increased fear and anxiety.

Several daily tasks can help reduce anxiety during the Stay At Home Order:

  • Washing hands, using hand sanitizer, and social distancing will reduce worry of infection
  • Working remotely to ensure social distancing
  • Planning your schedule for the next few days, while being flexible and willing to change plans as needed, will help with a sense of normalcy
  • Do your research – not everything posted on social media is credible. Do your research to prevent an increased worry
  • Practice self-care by: exercise, health eating, time with family, connecting with friends virtually, focusing on the positive moments.
  • Get outside, be sure to get enough sunlight to improve mood.
  • Avoid increased alcohol or substance use to avoid anxiety and stress or to assist with difficulties sleeping.

If the anxiety and fear become overwhelmingly strong and prolonged, and you feel hopeless or have thoughts of self-injury or suicide, seek help immediately. The New Mexico Crisis and Access Line (NMCAL) is here for you; Call 1-855-662-7474 to speak to a licensed Councilor. NMCAL is a statewide mental health crisis line for anyone who resides in the State of New Mexico and is concerned with suicidal thoughts, substance use, grief, and other behavioral health issues.

 

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About Bernalillo County

Bernalillo County is 1,160 square miles and is New Mexico’s most populous county with more than 674,000 residents. Bernalillo County government provides a wide range of public services to residents who live in Albuquerque, Los Ranchos and Tijeras and the 111,000 residents who live outside the village and city limits in the unincorporated areas of the county. Bernalillo County employs approximately 2,500 people and has an annual operating budget and capital investments of more than $650 million. Elected officials include five county commissioners, assessor, clerk, probate judge, sheriff and treasurer.

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