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April 10, 2020
Manage Your Stress Levels During COVID-19

COVID-19 brings a world of changes — it’s a reality most of us wouldn’t have predicted, and yet it’s our new reality in 2020. Social distancing, lockdown, toilet paper shortage, schools and restaurants closed. Kids learning from home while moms and dads navigate the nuances of either getting to work, or working from home while their children Zoom with their teachers and eat them out of house and home. We’re calling it social distancing, but socially we are more connected than ever. Across the country we are living this reality, a shared experience in households from Massachusetts to Montana. Physically we may be apart, but we’ve never better understood what the people around us are going through.

If you’re struggling with navigating these changes during the COVID-19 outbreak, you aren’t alone. Many of us are experiencing stress, fear or family conflict due to the changes in our work, home, and community. Here are some ways to manage your stress levels during this time:

Get outside! Take advantage of your outdoor space, whether at home, in your yard or in your neighborhood. Fresh air and exercise have great benefits, and are especially helpful if your children are growing stir-crazy. Even just 10-15 minutes spent outside can have great benefits — but the longer, the better!

Stick to a routine. It may not be perfect, and it definitely doesn’t have to be a pretty, Pinterest-worthy, color-coded routine. A rough schedule of wake up times, morning prep and predictable work and school times can help set a comforting rhythm for your day. Kids especially benefit from predictability.

Essential employee? Going to work everyday during the pandemic can be stressful, scary, and overwhelming. If you’re an essential employee — thank you! Take care of yourself during this time and don’t be afraid to tell people what you need. Take advantage of your natural supports, such as family and friends, and let them know you could use their support. At home, set time everyday to care for yourself. Spend 10 minutes alone with a cup of tea, meditating, with a book – whatever feels good for you. You are important, and you have to take care of yourself too.

Step away when you need to. This goes for everything — kids school work overwhelming you or causing excessive stress? Reach out to their teachers, and don’t be afraid to set limits for what your family can do. Schools know we are all juggling a lot, and they want to support you. Getting overwhelmed with social media? Use your phone’s screen time feature to limit the amount of time you’ll allow on social media, and stick to it. Information overload doesn’t help you or your kids.

Make special memories during this time! Are there things you or your family have wanted to do but haven’t been able to? Maybe it’s a special scrapbook, a movie night, a new recipe or a game of tag in the yard. When you look back on this time, you probably won’t remember how much work you accomplished or how clean your kitchen was — but your family will remember how you felt and the special things you did.

Stay connected. FaceTime friends. Bring back letters! You can order stamps online and have them delivered to you. Write letters to relatives and friends, especially those who are isolating alone at home. Connect your kids to pen pals, such as relatives out of state or friends they miss from school. Schedule a Zoom with your friends to catch up, or try virtual get-togethers, like the new Netflix Watch Party. Don’t believe that you are alone — you aren’t.

Do you have an upcoming appointment? CALL FIRST

If you have an upcoming appointment at any Harrington HealthCare System facility and have the following symptoms, fever, or cough, please call your doctor prior to arriving to your appointment.

Our top priority is to protect you, our patients, communities, and healthcare workers.

Current Visitor Policy

For the health and safety of our patients and employees, the following policy is in effect as of Monday, March 30

There will be NO visitors allowed in any inpatient or outpatient services (this includes the Emergency Department, Harrington Physician Services offices, and all other Harrington HealthCare Facilities)

Please note that the Main Lobby at Harrington Hospital in Southbridge will be closed at 7pm. All patients who need to enter the hospital after that time should come in through the ED.

The implementation of this policy is in an effort to limit the spread of potential illnesses that could be harmful to you, our patients, community, and staff. Thank you for your cooperation.

TELEHEALTH Appointments Now Available

To protect your health during the COVID-19 pandemic, certain appointments may now be conducted via TELEHEALTH, a service that allows you to see your doctor from home via a phone call or via a video conference call using your smartphone or computer.

If you are interested in scheduling a TELEHEALTH appointment, please let our office know when you call to make your appointment. We will do our best to accommodate your request if TELEHEALTH is appropriate for the type of care you need.