Georgia Magazine - May 2020 - 9

Take care of your
health during social
distancing

Assisting the homeless

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DANIELA ANDUJO / LOVE BEYOND WALLS / ´ś│DANI_ANDUJO

and-washing is critical to
combat COVID-19, but if you
don't have a home (and the
places you might usually go, such as
libraries or restaurants, are closed),
how do you wash your hands?
Terence Lester and volunteers
with his College Park-based nonprofit,
Love Beyond Walls, assembled and
placed portable sinks in Atlanta so the
city's homeless would have access to
soap and clean water.
Volunteers regularly sanitize the
sinks and refill them with clean water.
Each station costs about $100 to
build, and the group aims to place
Love Beyond Walls volunteers placed
sinks in Hurt Park to help preserve the
100 sinks in Atlanta and possibly
health and dignity of the area's homeexpand the project to 10 cities.
less population. The fresh-water sinks
For more about Love Beyond
are operated with a pump pedal and
Walls, visit lovebeyondwalls.org.

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also have soap.

Reminders around town

JENNIFER J. HEWETT

What's going on in your
community?
Share the good things your neighbors
are doing to help others. Email us at
magazine@georgiaemc.com.

COURTESY GREG MIKE

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igns sharing messages
of encouragement and
healthy reminders
popped up throughout the
state.
Atlanta artist Greg Mike,
known for his surrealist
pop-art murals, shared downloadable designs that
appeared on billboards and
flyers at businesses and
doctor's offices.
"Slow this Monster from
Spreading! Stay Home. Save
Lives. Let's replace 'social distancing' with 'physical distancing,' as we need
social connectivity and social responsibility now more than ever," Mike
said on his Instagram page, @gregmike.
Community businesses posted their
own messages reminding residents to
lean into faith and keep washing hands.

hile following shelter-in-place orders
and maintaining social (and physical)
distance to slow the spread of COVID-19,
Georgians should remember to take care of
themselves, too. In this time of high stress, mental
health experts say it's especially important to pay
attention to mental and physical health.
Every person reacts differently to stressful
situations, the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) says. People under stress can
experience anxiety, depression, fatigue, changes in
sleep and eating patterns, and difficulties with
chronic health problems.
"Be aware of what some of those less-helpful
coping mechanisms are, such as alcohol or drug
use, and try to replace them with good nutrition
and physical activity," says Cindy Suveg, a behavioral psychologist at the University of Georgia in
Athens.
Suveg recommends the CDC's advice:
Maintain a routine. Eat healthy meals. Go for a
walk. Limit the time spent watching or reading
news and social media. Offer to help someone in
need, such as an elderly neighbor who needs
groceries or medications.
"You'll help someone else but probably also
feel better yourself," she says.
Being at home with family all day can create
ups and downs as well. Think about ways to give
one another space, privacy and quiet time, she
says, and be respectful of one another's needs.
"Be mindful of your thoughts, feelings and
behaviors, and be sure you're getting what you
need," says Jason Moser, a clinical psychologist at
Michigan State University.
These national health organizations offer
specific advice and resources to manage anxiety
during COVID-19:
* Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
bit.ly/cdcms
* National Alliance on Mental Illness,
bit.ly/namimh
* Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration, samhsa.gov/coronavirus
Georgians who need to speak with a mentalhealth professional or volunteers trained in crisis
counseling can call the Georgia COVID-19
Emotional Support Line at (866) 399-8938.
-Carolyn Crist
www.georgiamagazine.org

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