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					              Pandemic Influenza Behavioral Health TIPS                                                Pandemic Influenza Behavioral Health TIPS

As we prepare for a pandemic flu and become aware of its potential consequences,         As we prepare for a pandemic flu and become aware of its potential consequences,
it is natural for our emotions to intensify. We will be affected in a wide variety of    it is natural for our emotions to intensify. We will be affected in a wide variety of
ways.                                                                                    ways.
          FEELINGS: Shock, anger, guilt, terror, helplessness, despair                             FEELINGS: Shock, anger, guilt, terror, helplessness, despair

        THOUGHTS: Confusion, memory loss, blaming, poor concentration                            THOUGHTS: Confusion, memory loss, blaming, poor concentration

        BEHAVIORS: Isolation, change in sleeping patterns & eating habits                        BEHAVIORS: Isolation, change in sleeping patterns & eating habits

        PHYSICAL: Fatigue, headaches, increased heartbeat, stomachaches                          PHYSICAL: Fatigue, headaches, increased heartbeat, stomachaches

        SPIRITUAL: Expressing anger or strength from your spiritual beliefs                      SPIRITUAL: Expressing anger or strength from your spiritual beliefs

                           TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF                                                                    TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

 LEARN about social distancing practices that will assist in protecting us from infec-    LEARN about social distancing practices that will assist in protecting us from infec-
 tious diseases                                                                           tious diseases

 PRACTICE stress management through exercise, prayer, meditation, deep breath-            PRACTICE stress management through exercise, prayer, meditation, deep breath-
 ing or relaxation activities, and maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle.                ing or relaxation activities, and maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
              Pandemic Influenza Behavioral Health TIPS                                                Pandemic Influenza Behavioral Health TIPS


                             WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW                                                                      WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW

• BUILD emotional health and strength into your family’s lives by learning to identify   • BUILD emotional health and strength into your family’s lives by learning to identify
and discuss emotions and positive ways to respond with healthy behaviors.                and discuss emotions and positive ways to respond with healthy behaviors.

• KNOW that daily life may be significantly different during a pandemic. Doing           • KNOW that daily life may be significantly different during a pandemic. Doing
something to help others helps us.                                                       something to help others helps us.

• BE involved in faith-based and other community groups and help plan ways those         • BE involved in faith-based and other community groups and help plan ways those
groups can continue working and serving.                                                 groups can continue working and serving.

•WORK with family members and friends who have special needs to help create or           •WORK with family members and friends who have special needs to help create or
improve their personal emergency plans.                                                  improve their personal emergency plans.

• SEEK support from family, friends and colleagues.                                      • SEEK support from family, friends and colleagues.

• MAKE use of available community services                                               • MAKE use of available community services

• CONTINUE your daily schedule at work and leisure activities.                           • CONTINUE your daily schedule at work and leisure activities.

• SEEK professional mental health assistance if you feel depressed, a sense of           • SEEK professional mental health assistance if you feel depressed, a sense of
hopelessness or extreme anger. There is help available to assist you.                    hopelessness or extreme anger. There is help available to assist you.

				
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