No one is safe during a pandemic. Large companies have suffered a disruption in their operations. Despite a program worth almost half a trillion dollars, small businesses across the country may still go bankrupt. Meanwhile, 30 million individuals have filed for unemployment in a span of two months.
Check out these sources if you’re looking for various types of help during a difficult time:
Besides the $1,200 stimulus check from the federal government, you can enjoy relief from other programs. You can apply for disability benefits in Utah if you fit the Social Security system’s qualifications. If you’re among those who’ve been laid off, you can apply for unemployment. The Beehive State’s Unemployment Insurance Program boasts one of the most solvent trust funds in the country. If you own a business in need of help, you can get assistance under the CARES ACT. For individuals worried about their energy and water bills, several companies have said they won’t stop services if you can’t pay right now.
Before the outbreak, mental health was already a serious problem in Utah. According to SAMHSA’s figures, 5.1% of adults have a serious mental illness like major depression and psychosis. If you need professional help, call the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). For relief at home, you can manage your stress by taking a break from social media and the news. Occupy your time by reading a book or listening to your favorite music. You can also take a free online class and learn a new skill like photography or programming.
It’s also important to maintain some sort of social connection. Keep in touch with your friends by watching a movie together. You can also have virtual book clubs and do regular check-ins.
If there was ever a time to keep your health at top shape, it’s now. A lot of hospitals are swamped with patients while several clinics have closed. By prioritizing your health, not only do you help yourself, you indirectly help out others.
You don’t even have to go to the gym; you can work out at home. Make up a game and exercise while watching Netflix. For example, put on Tiger King and do a 10-second plank every time someone says Carole Baskin. You can also ease yourself into exercising with a daily work out challenge. The Department of Health recommends 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week. If you divide it over three to five days, it’s not as daunting.
It’s also important to have a well-balanced diet during a pandemic. Maximize the time by replacing your regular takeout orders with healthy, home-cooked meals. Incorporate fruits and vegetables into your diet. If you’re worried that your fresh produce may not last, you can make do with canned goods.
Worldwide crises like a pandemic naturally take a toll on everyone. It’s completely fine if you’re not as productive or as active as before–cut yourself some slack and don’t be too had on yourself. But remember that it’s in everyone’s best interest to try to be as healthy as you can be.