'The worry is starting to creep in': Quarantine takes toll on local mother's mental health

Posted at 8:21 PM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-18 10:15:46-04

Jessica Sorenson is a new mother, and expecting a baby girl next month.

"The worry is starting to creep in the closer I get to my due date, and it's giving me more angst than in the past," said Jess.

For her, the days of quarantine and uncertainty have brought on stress and anxiety.

"Being a mom, it sets in the worry, even more, you're worried about your kids and the newborn you're about to have, and I think mentally it's been a struggle to stay positive when there is really no true resolution yet," said Jess.

Jess is doing the best she can, trying to cope with this new normal.

"Just going on walks every day and getting away from the house has been a great mental break," said Jess.

For educator Amy Hyland, she is also trying her best to deal with all the changes. Amy said what's helping her get by is keeping her family on a schedule, Zoom nights with her friends, and support for her coaches at Burn Bootcamp. Amy's advice for others is to take things one day at a time.

"Don't feel like you have to accomplish XYZ and be a superhero. Do the best you can show grace and compassion to people,"

Dr. Nicole Brady, Chief Medical Officer at UnitedHealthcare, said during these different and changing times, it's important to check-in with yourself if you are feeling anxious or stresses.

"Acknowledge that you're having these feelings if you can't acknowledge it, you can't do anything about it," said Dr. Brady.

Dr. Brady said it's crucial to maintain healthy habits like exercising and eating healthy foods. If you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed, and physically not doing ok, Dr. Brady said to check-in with your healthcare providers.

"If things are really bad, please contact the Crisis Hotline and talk to somebody," said Dr. Brady.

Dr. Brady said during these challenging times, it's essential to check on one another.

"Especially if you know somebody is struggling, please reach out to them. That's so important because people can feel so isolated as we are staying at home. It's so important to stay connected, "said Dr. Brady.

For Jess, she hopes others are doing what she is doing, and taking things one day at a time.

"Just practicing gratitude that can sound cliche, but so many people are facing hardships, so just being thankful for the things I do have," said Jess.

If you or someone you know is struggling, contact the crisis hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

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