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Prioritize your mental health during the coronavirus pandemic

Social distancing measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic have upended our lives. We’re embracing a new kind of normal—learning how to work from home, teach our children, shop in new ways and prioritize needs over wants.

As we focus on our responsibilities, it’s important to remember to support our mental health, according to Dr. Dean Aslinia, program chair for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at University of Phoenix, and president of the Arizona Counseling Association.

“Having a sense of a wellness plan is first and foremost,” Dr. Aslinia said. “So many are just so zoomed into work, they’re forgetting they need to be whole.”

Dr. Aslinia advises that each person’s plan should address ways to release stress, lower anxiety, get support and comfort when you need it, as well as preventative measures you can take to help boost your overall ability to cope during these trying times.