Caring for Yourself as You Care for Your Community

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Public health workers spend so much time and energy taking care of others in the community. The health care field can be a high-stress environment, leading to emotional exhaustion and increasing levels of burnout in health care workers.  

 OK In the Know is here to provide tools to help take care of yourself while you are taking care of others! 


Looking for information on how to manage anxiety and stress during the outbreak of coronavirus?

Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. The CDC created this resource, which highlights various coping techniques for taking care of your emotional health throughout this time of uncertainty.

>> Click here for a compilation of more resources for Oklahomans to support community health during COVID-19. Share these with your community!


Educational Resources and Tools

TherapistAid has a plethora of free evidence-based mental health educational resources and tools. These include worksheets, treatment guides, and videos. Check out this deep breathing exercise video! 

Meditation can be used to reduce stress and anxiety. Looking to get started with meditation? Find stats and other useful information about meditation on the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health website.  

There are a variety of free apps to help with stress and relaxation, such as: 

Oklahoma-Specific Mental Health Resources

For an additional list of Oklahoma-specific mental health resources, visit the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services website.

If you or someone you know could use professional support, or is in crisis, here are some additional numbers to remember:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255). This line is national, but all calls in Oklahoma are answered by an agency in Oklahoma City or Tulsa.
  • Reachout Hotline 1-800-522-9054. This hotline provides 24-hour informational and referral assistance through the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

What does “self-care” mean to you? Comment below with any other tips or tools you have found. Let’s hold each other accountable to keep self-care a priority!  

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