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Tips for Taking Care of Yourself during COVID-19

ASHP recognizes that our members are in various stages of preparing for, responding to, and recovering from the COVID-19 global pandemic. This is an extremely difficult time and as we – pharmacists, pharmacy residents, students pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians - continue to care for our patients, it is even more imperative to step-up our well-being for ourselves and the healthcare workforce community.

People with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment plans during an emergency and monitor for any new symptoms. Additional information is found at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress

  • Hotline: 1-800-985-5990
  • Text TalkWithUs to 66746
  • People with deafness or hearing loss can use their preferred relay service to call 1-800-985-5990.

Preparing

Responding

Recovering

  • Recognize and build awareness to physical, cognitive, emotional, or behavioral symptoms of stress, which may continue or begin weeks-to-months after the event.
  • Engage in employer-offered critical incident stress management programs.
  • Make as many daily decisions as possible to give yourself a feeling of control over your life.
  • Spend time with others or alone doing the things you enjoy to refresh and recharge yourself.
  • Remember that “getting back to normal” takes time.
  • Review COVID-19 Managing Stress & Tips [CDC]
  • Appreciate a sense of humor in yourself and others. It is okay to laugh again.
  • Reach out—people really do care.
  • Reconnect with family, spiritual, and community supports.
  • Be aware that recovery is not a straight path but a matter of two steps forward and one back. You will make progress.
  • Your family will experience the disaster along with you. You need to support each other. This is a time for patience, understanding, and communication.
  • Get plenty of rest and normal exercise. Eat well-balanced, regular meals.