As global concerns about the spread of COVID-19 continue to grow, we wanted to review some important information with you that may be helpful. In times of uncertainty, it is important to focus on what we know rather than what we don’t know. Focusing on what we know allows us to plan and to be proactive. Focusing on what we don’t know brings fear and uncertainty. We hope these suggestions about your physical and mental health will bring you more clarity and peace of mind during this tumultuous time.
- Wash your hands. Use warm water and soap and wash them for 20 seconds or more. This is the most effective thing you can do to protect yourself from infection.
- Refrain from touching your face.
- Know the symptoms of COVID-19: fever, cough, and shortness of breath
- If you are feeling sick, stay at home.
- Stay connected to supportive people. Reach out and talk to family and friends about how you are feeling during this crisis.
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle including proper diet, sleep, exercise, and social contacts.
- Don’t use smoking, alcohol, or other drugs to deal with your emotions.
- Get the facts from credible sources such as the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.
- Limit worry and agitation by lessening the time you and your family spend watching or listening to media coverage which upsets you rather than informs you.
- Draw on skills you have used in the past which has helped you face life’s adversities in the past.
- We are emphasizing with staff the importance of not coming to work sick. Please be assured that we intend for our workplace to remain the healthy, healing environment it has always been.
- Please remember that your scheduled appointment time is especially set aside for you. If you are sick or uncomfortable coming to the office out of illness concerns, please ask about meeting with your therapist over the telephone or via video chat.
We care about your concerns and want to do whatever we can to make our offices a safe and welcoming place. If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office manager, Jen, at 801-785-4622, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Geret N. Giles, Ph.D.