Balancing work, parenting, virtual learning, social distancing, while possibly experiencing job loss, and other hardships can weigh heavy. You do not have to go through this uncertain time alone. Here are some community resources to help provide support.
Experiencing domestic violence? Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.
If you feel depressed, anxious, overwhelmed with thoughts of wanting to harm yourself or others or are having thoughts of suicide please text SIGNS to 741741 This crisis line is free and entirely confidential.
Elder and child abuse is also likely on the rise with caregivers having little to no respite during this time. If you suspect an older adult or child is being abused or neglected call the non-emergency police and ask for a welfare check.
- Fishers: 317-773-1282
- Westfield: 317-804-3200
- Noblesville: 317-773-1300
- Indianapolis: 317-327-3811
Create healthy habits. Join a virtual fitness group. Get out for a long walk. Practice yoga/meditation and mindfulness and deep breathing to release stress. Daily exercise releases endorphins, the chemical in the brain that brings happiness. Many health and fitness classes are now being offered online for free or at a low cost.
Stay connected. Call, text, email or use platforms such as Zoom (zoom.com), Join.me (www.join.me), 8×8 (8×8.com), or a group facetime to bring your team, family or friends together. Take time to listen and share with one another. Connection is key during this time of social distancing. You can start or join a senior buddy program and reach out to seniors in your community via phone who may be feeling isolated.
Start a gratitude jar or gratitude journal. Finding ways to be thankful during hardships increases positivity and is known to reduce stress helping lift the spirits.
Discover new interests. Art can be very therapeutic. Listen to relaxing music while coloring using these free printables. You can find online tutorials and youtube videos for just about any home project, learning to sew/knit/crochet, cooking/baking, how to start a garden, interior design etc. Dust off a puzzle or book that has been sitting on the shelf. Who knows, you may even find a new hobby that you enjoy!
Connect with a church for virtual spiritual activities. Many churches are offering services online through facebook or online platforms. Salvation Army’s emotional/spiritual care hotline is 616-742-9199.
Stay optimistic. Surround yourself with positive energy. Listen to an uplifting podcast, an encouraging word on the radio, jam to your favorite music. Take a break from the daily news.
Be sure to check in on your family, friends and neighbors. A simple hello via phone or text can make the world of difference to someone during this time of social distancing.
Are you or someone you know in need of meals? Reach out to your local food pantry or school district for meal programs and food distribution services being offered in your area. Find your local Indiana food pantry here
Are you a small business experiencing financial hardship? Visit nfib.com to learn more about the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Relief program offering economic support through low interest loans.
How to support children during the pandemic from the Center for the Developing Child
Take care of yourself and be sure to give yourself and others plenty of grace. We are all doing the best we can and better days are ahead. We will get through this together.