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The Kendall County Department of Public Health offered advice for those who may be struggling with their mental health during the state's ongoing shelter-in-place order and concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Information came in a Friday, March 27 press release from the department, which confirmed a ninth case of the novel coronavirus, diagnosed in a man in his 60s. No deaths have been reported by the county, and no information has been provided on recoveries in the county.
"Taking care of your emotional health is of the utmost importance during these very challenging times," the release read. "The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 is certainly a source of stress and worry for many people."
As individuals of all ages, "are susceptible to fear and anxiety during such unprecedented experiences," department officials provided several safe ways to take care of mental health including being intentional about how often during the day you watch, read or listen to coronavirus disease stories.
"Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate," the release advised.
Other tips include: Eating healthy, well-balanced meals; exercising regularly, getting plenty of sleep, avoiding the misuse of alcohol and drugs, making time to unwind, participate in activities you enjoy at home, connecting with family, and talking with people you trust about your concerns and feelings.
Department officials also advised that those currently receiving mental health treatment should continue with treatment, and be aware of any heightened symptoms.
More information on mental health services can be found through the Kendall County Department of Public Health.