Mental Health COVID Resources

 

For People with Asthma, Allergies and Related Diseases

We’re here for you! 

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we know COVID-19 is a serious concern for you if you have asthma, allergies or related diseases. We also know that the many ways the pandemic has affected our lives can be very stressful to people with allergies, asthma and related diseases.  We’ve compiled these mental health resources especially for you and your family to assist you at this stressful time and to help you cope with the day to day challenges of maintaining your health and managing your stress.
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Mind-Body Connection during COVID-19: Physical, Emotional, Relational Health and More (Recording)

Our speakers discuss the effects of stress during the COVID-19 pandemic, how to cope and build resiliency.
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Psychosocial Impact During the COVID-19 Crisis for People with Asthma and Allergies (Recording & Resources)

Presenters discussed the medical, social and psychosocial impact of the COVID-19 outbreak and shared helpful interventions for both patients and providers.
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COVID-19 Coping Strategies: Distress Reduction Techniques for People with Asthma

Psychologist Dr. Gianine Rosenblum explains how to people with asthma can reduce stress or anxiety quickly by using the “dive response” technique.
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COVID-19 Coping Strategies: Why Daily Practice Is So Important for People with Asthma and Allergies

Dr. Gianine Rosenblum explains why scheduling daily relaxation or stress reduction practices can benefit people with asthma and allergies.
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COVID-19 Coping Strategies: Square Breathing for People with Asthma and Allergies

Dr. Gianine Roseblum describes square breathing to manage anxiety or stress because symptoms of stress can often mimic those of asthma or COVID-19

Tools you can use to regulate your mind body and emotions during the COVID-19 pandemic

 Photo of grandmother and grandson visiting with each other. They are sitting far apart on a park bench and they each are wearing masks. The grandmother has asthma and reduces her stress by safety visiting with her family.

 

  • Manage information. Limit social media. Choose one or two trusted news sources and only check once daily. Choose print over broadcast and audio over video.
  • Practice compassion. Practice self-kindness, connection and mindfulness. Call, text, email or Facetime – be creative. Do something for others – bake, donate, or perform an act of kindness. Use appropriate touch – a hug, kiss, hold hands, etc. when safe. Address any of your underlying needs.
  • Visualize. Allow input from your logical mind. Remind yourself that the pandemic is temporary. Reinforce your strengths. Practice 5-4-3-2-1 grounding.
  • Reduce boredom. Try something new. Play or exercise – get outdoors when possible. Focus on learning something new.
  • Recognize feelings of loss. Name the losses and their importance. Allow yourself time to process these losses. Access professional support via telehealth, if needed, or support groups via Zoom.
  • Eat healthy and sleep. Eat your fruits and veggies. Stay hydrated. Sleep at least 7 hours per night. Breathe deep, relaxing belly breaths. Try square breathing.

Information from the CDC on Managing Stress & Anxiety ➙

COVID-19 Infographic:

Tools to Regulate Mind, Body, & Emotions during COVID-19

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