The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unparalleled impact on stress levels and mental health. This unprecedented healthcare crisis is something many have never experienced in their lifetime, which means it’s more important than ever to support your patients physically and mentally.
The Stress of New Realities
The imminent fear of contracting COVID-19 has drastically altered daily routines—from work to school and everything in between. There are so many new realities that we are all experiencing on a daily basis, which stress the importance of checking in on your patients’ mental health.
How Mental Health Has Been Impacted
According to KKF, “In a KFF Tracking Poll conducted in mid-July, 53% of adults in the United States reported that their mental health has been negatively impacted due to worry and stress over the coronavirus. This is significantly higher than the 32% reported in March, the first time this question was included in KFF polling.”1
Stress, especially that being experienced today, can have a detrimental effect on not only mental health, but the immune system as well. Keep your patients in check now and in the future with a variety of coping mechanisms that may be beneficial—and remember: everyone responds to stressful situations differently. Be the support system your patients need today.
Coping with Stress During a Pandemic
Take a Deep Breath
Slowing down and recognizing feelings is essential during this time. Whether it’s meditation or pausing to breathe during times of high stress, taking a deep breath can bring a sense of calm to the mind and body. According to Neurocore Brain Performance Centers, “When you take a deep breath in, your heart rate quickens slightly. As you exhale, your heart rate slows. Repeated deep breaths will naturally bring your heart rate more in sync with your breath. This leads your brain to release endorphins, which are chemicals that have a natural calming effect.”2
Supplements to Support the Immune System
When patients are stressed, it can cause the adrenal glands to work overtime. According to Robert M. Sargis, MD, PhD, “The adrenal glands have a multi-functional role in the endocrine system. The two very different parts of these glands, the medulla and cortex, regulate and maintain many of your internal processes—from metabolism to the fight-or-flight response.”3
Your patients may not be getting all of the nutrients their bodies—and adrenal glands—need to function efficiently. Fill the gap in your patients’ diet with supplements formulated to support adrenal fatigue. Additionally, we carry a variety of supplement categories including Antioxidants, Energy & Mood, Digestive Health, and Immune System Support.
Move the Body
Exercise has a positive effect on stress levels by releasing endorphins into the brain—especially during aerobic exercises. Mood boosting exercises like yoga and pilates, cycling, brisk walking, swimming, and elliptical training are just a few that can help to trigger the release of feel-good chemicals in the brain. Help your patients clear their minds, tone their bodies, and boost their moods with aerobic exercises they can do daily.
Maintaining a Healthy Sleep Schedule
Sleep is crucial to a healthy lifestyle—and mental health. According to Harvard Health, there are over 70 different types of sleep disorders, many of which vary depending on someone’s mental health. “The brain basis of a mutual relationship between sleep and mental health is not yet completely understood. But neuroimaging and neurochemistry studies suggest that a good night’s sleep helps foster both mental and emotional resilience, while chronic sleep deprivation sets the stage for negative thinking and emotional vulnerability.”4
We are here to support you and your patients during this difficult time. For all of your PPE and health essential needs, count on MeyerDC.
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1Nirmita Panchal, Rabah Kamal, and Apr 2020. “The Implications of COVID-19 for Mental Health and Substance Use.” KFF, 21 Aug. 2020, www.kff.org/coronavirus-covid-19/issue-brief/the-implications-of-covid-19-for-mental-health-and-substance-use/.
2labonno, Tanjina. “Does Deep Breathing Really Do Anything?” Neurocore, 23 Apr. 2019, www.neurocorecenters.com/blog/does-deep-breathing-really-do-anything.
3Sargis , Robert M. “An Overview of the Adrenal Glands.” EndocrineWeb, www.endocrineweb.com/endocrinology/overview-adrenal-glands.
4Publishing, Harvard Health. “Sleep and Mental Health.” Harvard Health, www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/sleep-and-mental-health.