The holidays have passed, and many were stretched thin, felt exhausted, burnt out, anxious, depressed, and frustrated. It can be a confusing time trying to get through the holiday while dealing with the surge in COVID-19 cases. What you are feeling is normal.

During the stressful year, most have had, faced with many difficult decisions on top of ones we already make daily without a second thought. Now, making any decision causes second-guessing and added stress because of how bombarded we are. COVID-19 has changed our lives, including how and where we work, as well as simply how we live. The line between work and home has been blurred (or erased altogether). We are talking to many people (co-workers, friends, and family) through screens rather than in person, which can take a toll on our mental health. With increasing uncertainty around us, it is crucial that we make mental health a priority in our lives more than ever, as well as checking in with others.

If you are struggling or know someone who is, reach out and get the help that is needed. Here are some ways you can improve your mental health:

  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Know there is no shame in the feelings you are experiencing
  • Laugh often
  • Ask for help
  • Vent to a trusted individual
  • Find a new hobby
  • Practice deep breathing
  • Go for a walk
  • See a counselor – many are providing help virtually

For more information, contact Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-8255 or contact the National Suicide Hotline at 800-273-8255.