Taking Care of Your Mental Health During the COVID-19 Outbreak

April 15, 2020

Some words of encouragement from Nash Disability Law and the Chicago office of the National Alliance on Mental Illness

It is safe to say that these past weeks have been among some of the most turbulent and emotional that any of us has ever experienced in our lifetimes. The impact of the COVID-19 outbreak has been felt by individuals, families, companies and communities in the Chicago area, across the United States, and around the world.

Even while facing uncertainty, know that this moment, while long and powerful, is not forever. Discomfort is difficult, especially when we aren’t used to it. This crisis asks so much of you, but remember that you are strong. There are ways to get through this and here are some actions steps you can take that may help.

More than ever, we need connection. Connection is the glue of our community, and community gives us the strength to push through fear and hopelessness. Consider that even as you are comforted by others, you are comforting them. Connection fuels us and heals us. We should be thinking about connection as much as we think about washing our hands. When we begin to isolate, when we are overwhelmed, when we are depressed, remember to reach out.

Being alone physically doesn’t have to mean being alone emotionally. Video calls, text chats, social media messaging, and the good old fashioned phone conversation can safely bridge this necessary physical social distancing to replace our silent anxiety with comforting words and pleasant laughter.

So call that family member. Send a meal to a friend. Write a warm email to your coworker. Read a book with your children. If there’s a time to call on our strength, it’s now. NAMI Chicago’s Helpline is open, taking calls, and has a number you can dial for support: 833-626-4244. They are ready to step up for you and for this community.

So breathe, take a shower, get up and move. Make a schedule for yourself and give yourself time to relax your thoughts.

During this period of uncertainty, the lawyers and staff at Nash Disability Law remain available to help you with your disability case. We want you to know that we are on top of how business and government closings caused by the coronavirus pandemic are impacting our clients’ medical and financial situations. The Social Security Administration (SSA) is continuing to process disability applications and appeals. SSA benefits provided to you or family members will continue to be delivered. However, keep in mind that there may be delays on SSA’s end.

Our team is working remotely, and we are ready to help you with your case—on the phone, through email, or through the use of other technology when necessary, including through the use of videoconferencing as accessibility allows.

As we face the challenges of the current moment, one thing we know for sure is that we are all in this together. Our heartfelt appreciation extends to the healthcare workers, local and national authorities, and all those on the frontline in the US and the world working to contain Covid-19. We can assure you that at Nash Disability Law we will continue to work hard to deserve the trust you have placed in our firm.