Take care of you…

Sometimes slowing down enough to take the time to relax when you are stressed or anxious is difficult. Changes like what we’ve experienced during COVID-19 can be stressful.

Take time to relax and calm your mind, body, and heart.

Self-Care isn’t selfish… it’s smart.

Here are five reasons to meditate:

1. Understand your emotions
2. Lower your stress
3. Connect better
4. Improve focus
5. Reduce brain chatter

Learn How to Meditate
 

Take a Breather…

Why should I perform breathing exercises?

Deep Breathing is one of the most convenient ways to relieve stress, anxiety, and even aide digestion. Some benefits of deep breathing include:

  • Decreases stress
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improves digestion
  • Helps support correct posture

Play some games…

Surround yourself with calming sounds…

A picture of an illustration made on weavesilk

Weavesilk
Create beautiful fractal spiral patterns and save them

This is Sand
Drop sand over a virtual canvas to create stunningly colorful pieces of art.

Planetarium
View the constellations above any location on planet earth.

A Soft Murmur
Create your own sound environment.

A picture of rain falling

Rainy Mood
Listen to the rain.

Relax with some videos:


However you are feeling
is okay…

Anger

Do something physical

Try a breathing exercise

Find a quiet place to meditate

Fear

Distract yourself

Visualize the best-case situation

Practice Grounding Techniques

Sadness

Get active!

Spend time with supportive people

Share your concerns


Here are some tips…

Anxiety

Try yoga or tai chi

Avoid making big decisions

Relax with a breathing exercise

Grief

Talk about how you feel

Seek and accept peer support

Numb

Spend time with family and friends

Pace yourself

Find things that make you laugh

To help you cope
with your emotions

Confused

Nurture close relationships with loved ones

Be aware when you’re Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired (HALT)

Try Meditation

Overwhelmed


Do more leisure activities
Increase your positive actions

Maintain a healthy work-life balance

Stressed

Set limits and maintain good boundaries!

Participate in self-care

Try to avoid frequent use of alcohol and other drugs

There is always help…

New York Project Hope
Crisis Counselor Portal
Provider Portal
Community Partnerships
New York Office of Mental Health

Emotional Support Helpline

Talk to a crisis counselor:

Call: 1-844-863-9314

Confidential • Anonymous • Free

8am-10pm / 7 days