Keeping up with mental health in the new year

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Published: Jan. 14, 2022 at 1:55 PM EST
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KNOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - With severe weather and another COVID-19 surge in the first few weeks of the new year, mental health can be a struggle for some.

Health officials with Mountain View Health in Knott County said it is to be expected given the time of year, as seasonal depression is typically high during this portion of the winter season.

“January starts off kind of with a bang, with New Year’s and so forth,” Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Maudella “Cissi” Jones said. “Then as we settle into our routines, it’s like it’s kind of the same old thing.”

With COVID, tornadoes, flooding, and heavy snow, Jones said healthcare workers are seeing an increase of patients everyday.

Jones said some things people can do to keep their spirits up during this time include listening to music, exercising, and having a good sleep schedule.

“We can help ourselves, but we get busy, we get into this January routine,” she said. “The humdrum of life and so forth and we’re not thinking about that.”

She added people can also keep up their Vitamin D intake, limit caffeine, and avoid alcohol.

If you find yourself not being able to function in everyday life, Jones said medical assistance is recommended.

“Medication doesn’t have to last forever either. It can be sometimes, people can be going through a depression and then they can get better,” she said. “You can discontinue the medicine and then they kind of normalize.”

Either way, health officials said help is always available.

“To think that the main thing is we are going through these things,” Jones said. “The word “through” being the case. We are going to come out on the other side.”

Jones said she has been seeing about 20 clients a day since the new year began.

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