Physical distancing can be socially and emotionally isolating. At Cancer Services, we hope to be a resource for you during this time. Feel free to call or email us if you need assistance. Also remember that our local Mental Health Association is available to assist as well. Their number is 336-768-3880.
Here are some recommended resources for maintaining good mental and emotional health during this time:
Spread the Love!
Send a letter to someone you’re thinking of, or give them a call. Just for fun, start swapping pictures of your kids or pets. Everyone loves to get silly pictures of cats!
Do you have a favorite healthcare provider? NOW is the time to send them a note of appreciation! Hand write something and bring with you to your next appointment, or put it in the mail.
Be Active & Get Outside!
Even with all our time at home and access to interesting things online, we recommend that you make sure to get outside a few times each day to breathe the fresh air and get some activity. Walks in your neighborhood or at a local park, as long as you are keeping your distance from others, is perfectly fine!
We encourage you to spend some time “playing in the dirt.” Think about planting flowers, vegetables and herbs. You can pot all kinds of things in containers on a patio or balcony, or in a spot in your yard.
- CBT-I Coach, a free app made by the VA for veterans, which has a series of really excellent meditation and relaxation tools.
- Insight Timer App and website to assist with anxiety, stress and relaxation.
Focus Your Mind:
Check our our list of ideas that we have found fun and thought could help you stretch your mind while you’re at home. You can also use your mind by doing the crosswords, Sudoku or reading a book.
Our last piece of advice is to not spend too much time watching the news. Don’t run news on your radio or TV all day long, as it can increase your worry. Be sure to turn it off and allow yourself to focus your mind on other things.
Important Phone Numbers:
Anyone can call our local Mental Health Association for guidance 336-768-3880.
There are also local 24/7 mental health resources in Forsyth County and vicinity that are just a phone call away:
- Old Vineyard Behavioral Health — 1-855-234-5920. Call to schedule an appointment, make a referral. Walk-ins welcome and/or referrals from community providers.
- Daymark Recovery Services /Mobile Engagement Services — 1-866-275-9552. Daymark offers 24/7 Mobile Crisis/Engaement Services to anyone, regardless of resources or lack of resources, in the community experiencing a mental health crisis.
- Cardinal Innovations Healthcare – 1-800-939-5911. Call this number if you or a loved one are in a crisis or looking for assistance. Cardinal serves the residents of Forsyth, Stokes, Davie, Davidson, Rockingham and 15 other Counties in North Carolina for those who are uninsured or have Medicaid.
Of course, if the situation is a medical or life-threatening emergency, then you will need to call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room.