Self-care matters more now

A mental health expert speaks out on coping with anxiety amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Practicing self-care can help, said Michelle Hoag with the Southeast Kansas Mental Health Center.

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May 13, 2020 - 10:24 AM

Michelle Hoag

Eight weeks of coronavirus restrictions can take a toll on one’s mental health.

Maybe you’ve lost your job. Maybe you’ve been working from home. Maybe your job requires you to risk your own health by taking care of others. Maybe you’ve been juggling multiple roles as a parent, homeschool teacher, and essential employee. 

“We’re seeing a lot more anxiety, paranoia and depression,” Michelle Hoag, director of Adult Community Support Services with Southeast Kansas Mental Health, said. “The anxiety really comes from the worry about the pandemic. Where is it safe? Is it safe to go get my groceries? Is the COVID-19 here locally?”

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