Rebound Montana Q&A: Mental health during COVID-19

Posted at 1:21 PM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 15:21:28-04

MISSOULA — MTN News is connecting you to professionals who can help us navigate these uncertain and frustrating times as part of our series of The Rebound reports.

We talked on Wednesday with Dr. Robert Velin, a clinical neuropsychologist in Missoula, about the emotional impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. He noted that the anxiety you may be feeling isn't a bad thing after all -- we need anxiety to survive.

"Anxiety in itself is our body and brain's natural response to stressors,” Dr. Veline explained. “It prepares in the context of uncertainty -- it's a marvelously designed delicate balance that is present in order to allow us to function in a consent changing world. Because that’s really where we are -- in a constant changing world."

Watch the full video below.

Rebound Montana Q&A: Mental health during COVID-19

Now, if you're feeling anxious, stressed, sad or angry, it's natural and it's okay. After all, we're in the middle of something that's prolonged and something that's changed our schedules and almost everything else about how we were living our lives.

Some tips to help you navigate these uncertain times include taking a break from the stressors, exercising, smiling and laughing, being grateful, getting social support, meditating, eating and sleeping well, and learning something new.